Bletchingley, Surrey


Key facts

Address: Land at Kings Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LB – two sites known as Bletchingley Central and Bletchingly 2

Planning application: Most recent is SCC ref 2021/0145 for installation of two SMR hydrogen units


Status: Permission to extend, upgrade and produce for 15 years


Last updated 13/9/2022

12 September 2022

Cancellation of planning meeting that would have decided IGas hydrogen plans. Details

7 September 2022

Planners oppose IGas grey hydrogen plans for Bletchingley. Details

27 September 2021

Details published for IGas’s Bletchingley hydrogen plans. Details

4 August 2021

IGas accused of “misleading” Bletchingley over hydrogen plans. Details

12 July 2021

IGas reveals Bletchingley is second Surrey site where it wants to produce hydrogen. Details

8 February 2018

Environment Agency updates variation and consolidation notice because of typos. Details

18 December 2018

Environment Agency issues updated mining waste permit. Details

20 September 2017

An IGas statement says commercial discussions over the sites are progressing. Details

24 March 2016

Surrey County Council officers approve under delegated powers plans to extend and upgrade Bletchingley Central and Bletchingley-2 for 15 years of hydrocarbon production

August 2014

Permissions granted for retention of Bletchingley Central (TA2014/872) and Bletchingley-2 (TA2014/871) for a further 12 months and restoration of Bletchingley-2 (TA12/929)

July 2011

Permission granted for retention of Bletchingley Central for up to three years

February 2009

Permission granted for revised site layout at Bletchingley Central (TA08/1592)

21 May 2008

Bletchingley-6 well spudded. Source: Public Wellbore search

20 February 2008

Bletchingley-5 well spudded. Source: Public Wellbore search

May 2007

Permission granted for an appraisal wellsite and up to two boreholes at Bletchingley Central (TAO6/1788)


Acquired by Star Energy, now part of IGas.


Permission granted to service the wellhead to confirm the integrity of Bletchingley-2 (TA89/181). Bletchingley 2 has since been capped and there has been no activity since then. Bletchingley 1 and 3 have been abandoned and are being restored

3 September 1966

Bletchingley-4 spudded. Source UKOGL

19 June 1966

Bletchingley-3 spudded. Source UKOGL

22 May 1966

Bletchingley-2 spudded: Source UKOGL

24 October 1965

Bletchingley-1 spudded. Source UKOGL


Permission granted to Esso to drill at Kings Farm (GO/R7442). Three of the four boreholes were successful. Planning permission also granted for gas exploitation at Kings Farm (GO/R7442A)

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