Proposals to extend the life of a dormant oil site for a fourth time have been supported by West Sussex planners.
Environmental campaigners have criticised the decision to allow more time to develop the controversial Cambo oil field, west of Shetland.
Council officials have supported plans for more time at an undeveloped well site in Lincolnshire, where the only work carried out since 2014 has been on the site entrance.
Egdon Resources has given formal notice that it intends to apply to extend the life of an oil site in Lincolnshire for a third time.
The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) has confirmed that it has extended Angus Energy’s licence at Brockham in Surrey until spring next year.
An oil exploration site in Lincolnshire, where only limited work has been carried out since 2014, will be allowed to operate for another 16 months.
A request by Egdon Resources for more time at its exploration site at North Kelsey has again been backed by council officials.
Campaigners have urged planners to drop their support for more time at an oil exploration site in West Sussex.
Egdon Resources is seeking to extend its planning consent for oil exploration at North Kelsey in Lincolnshire for another year.
Angus Energy has said it will seek a five-year extension to its oil production licence at Brockham in Surrey.