An investigation is underway following complaints about a council meeting that refused consent for drilling in Surrey.
UK Oil & Gas plc had applied for planning permission to explore for gas near the village of Dunsfold.
But a month ago, members of Surrey County Council’s planning committee voted by six to five to refuse the application, against the advice of officers.
The meeting, on 29 June 2020, was the council’s first “virtual” planning committee. Members took part by video link and the meeting was, as usual, webcast.
There were several pauses in the webcast, leading to some criticism at the time that the meeting was “not fully public”.
Some participants had to repeat their statements about the application.
Surrey County Council has not disclosed the nature of the formal complaints but DrillOrDrop understands it has referred them to legal counsel.
At the time of writing, the Dunsfold decision has not been recorded in the online planning application details.
A Surrey County Council spokesperson said today:
“I can confirm the Monitoring Officer is investigating the complaints. I believe they are also hoping to finalise responding to the people that have contacted the council soon.”