A meeting to reconsider plans by UK Oil & Gas plc to drill at the village of Dunsfold in Surrey has been postponed for another month.
A second hearing on the application by the county council’s planning committee had been expected on 22 October 2020.
But the council said today that a committee report by planning officers could not be completed in time for this meeting.
The first hearing, in June 2020, refused the scheme. But this decision was later ruled invalid. An investigation into complaints about the meeting, held virtually, concluded that irregularities arising from technical difficulties would “render any notice of refusal unlawful”.
The next scheduled planning committee is on Friday 27 November 2020. Link to meeting. The officers’ recommendation will be published a week before the meeting.
DrillOrDrop understands that because of Covid-19, the November meeting will also be held virtually.
But unlike the September meeting, the chairman and key council officials are not expected to take part remotely but will be in the same room at county hall.
Updated to correct date of first meeting.