Regulation

Second Wressle inquiry scheduled for six days

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Mark Abbott, managing director of Egdon Resources, giving evidence to the first inquiry on 8 November 2017. Photo: DrillOrDrop

Details have been published on the latest stage in a long-running planning dispute over oil production at Egdon Resource’s site at Wressle in north Lincolnshire.

A public inquiry to hear the company’s appeal against the most recent refusal of planning permission is due to start on 5 November 2019.

The inquiry, chaired by planning inspector Phillip Ware, is scheduled to run for six days at The Hobbies Centre, Wesley Road, Scunthorpe.

This will be second public inquiry into the company’s production proposals.

A previous inquiry in 2017, reported by DrillOrDrop.com, dismissed Egdon’s appeals.

North Lincolnshire Council has now refused consent for oil production at the site three times: 28 November 2018, 3 July 2017, 11 January 2017. On each occasion, planning officers had recommended the application be approved.

The most recent refusal was based on a unanimous vote. Despite this, in July 2019, North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee voted in secret to withdraw its case at the inquiry.

Community groups and members of the public who continue to oppose the application are still expected to make statements to the inquiry.

The inquiry will not sit on Mondays and is due to hold sessions on Tuesday 5 November-Friday 8 November and Tuesday 12 November-Wednesday 13 November 2019.

There are details online about the inquiry (reference  APP/Y2003/W/19/3221694) at the Planning Inspectorate and North Lincolnshire Council.

DrillOrDrop expects to report from the inquiry.

DrillOrDrop page of key facts and timeline of the Wressle site

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