Egdon Resources announced this morning it has lodged an appeal against the refusal of its planning application for oil production at Biscathorpe in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Lincolnshire County Council refused permission for 15 years of oil extraction on 1 November 2021, the day that climate talks got underway in Glasgow.
As world leaders gathered to discuss reducing carbon emissions, the council’s planning committee voted by 7 to 4 with two abstentions to block Egdon’s plans.
The decision went against the recommendation of planning officers. It was the fourth consecutive refusal of UK onshore oil and gas planning applications and the fifth refusal in 2021.
The company had estimated the well at Biscathorpe in the Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would produce almost 4 million barrels of oil.
A report by Friends of the Earth and the New Economics Foundation concluded this would generate 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
The application included drilling a sidetrack well to target the Westphalian sandstone and deeper Dinantian Carbonate. Egdon has estimated there could be up to 30 million barrels of oil in the formations.
In statement today, Egdon said it had taken advice from advisors and partners in the Biscathorpe project. It said:
“The appeal documentation is currently in preparation and is expected to be submitted during Q1 2022.”
The Planning Inspectorate will decide how the appeal should be decided – by public inquiry, a hearing or written representations.
There were more than 200 local objections to the original planning application. A petition against the scheme had more than 1,800 signatures. Opponents included the local MP and justice minister, Victoria Atkins, Lincolnshire Climate Commission, the countryside charity CPRE, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and five parish councils closest to the site.