IGas is to apply to extend its planning permission at the shale gas site at Misson Springs in north Nottinghamshire.
A spokesperson for the company told DrillOrDrop today:
“We do intend to apply for an extension. We have contacted the CLG [community liaison group] to commence engagement.”
An online meeting of the CLG is expected early next month.
Since then, the government announced a moratorium on fracking in England. There’s has been no activity at Misson Springs this year and no announcements about a second, horizontal, well or plans to frack.
Planning consent expires next month, three years after the site became operational on 20 November 2017.
Nottinghamshire County Council, which will decide whether to allow any extension, said IGas had indicated that it would also approach the parish council before submitting an application.
A spokesperson for the county council said an application for more time would allow only an extension of the development already permitted. If IGas wanted to make changes to the well site or operations it would need a new planning application.
Asked whether there would be a full public consultation on the extension, the spokesperson said:
“We are aware that the site is sensitive locally and will be consulting as widely as we consider appropriate.”
The site is next to the nearby Misson Carr Site of Special Scientific Interest, a habitat for owls, great crested newts, water voles, moths and unusual plants.
A survey by Misson Parish Council at the time of the original planning application found that 87% of people were against the proposals and 4% in favour. 70% of local residents took part. All but six of the 2,629 responses to the original public consultation were objections.
The consultation period on any application for more time is likely to be at least 21 days. The county council has 13 weeks to decide whether to grant permission.
- The county council is currently preparing a new mineral plan, which helps to shape decisions on oil and gas sites. An online hearing on the hydrocarbons section of the plan is due on 28 October 2020. Expected participants comprise Nottinghamshire County Council, AECOM for Egdon Resources, Frack Free Misson, Friends of the Earth UK and IGas Energy.