A community group has added its voice to legal challenges against gas exploration near the Surrey village of Dunsfold.
Yesterday, Waverley Borough Council’s executive voted to seek a judicial review of the ministerial approval of drilling by UK Oil & Gas (UKOG).
Now, Protect Dunsfold has told DrillOrDrop it has also served an application for a legal challenge.
The group said its papers were submitted to the High Court yesterday.
A spokesperson said:
“Protect Dunsfold Limited has confirmed that it is seeking the court’s permission to bring a planning statutory review under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and will be making a further statement later this week.”
Protect Dunsfold opposed the original application for the well site, known as Loxley. It argued that the scheme would have an impact on the local environment, roads and businesses, as well as climate change.
In January 2022, the group organised an event which sought to demonstrate that large lorries delivering to the Loxley site would need to encroach on common land on roadside verges.
During a public consultation, 78% of comments were against the scheme. There were also objections from Waverley Borough Council and Dunsfold, Bramley, Alford, Witley and Cranleigh parish councils, along with CPRE, Waverley Friends of the Earth and Surrey Wildlife Trust.
The Secretary of State recovered the appeal (made the decision instead of the planning inspector). In June 2022, the housing minister, Stuart Andrew, overruled the council decisions and granted planning permission.
DrillOrDrop has asked UKOG for a reaction.