Planning

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Vote on the Woodsetts application, 8 March 2018. Photo: DrillOrDrop

This page lists planning decisions and applications for UK onshore oil and gas sites for 2017-2019. Last updated 11/7/2019


2019 decisions

2 July 2019: BGS/Ince Marshes APPROVED

Cheshire  West and Chester council approved the BGS application for a UK Geo-Energy Observatory. Details

1 July 2019: Egdon Resources/North Kelsey APPROVED

Lincolnshire County Council approved two separate applications to amend conditions in an earlier permission to drill and test an exploration well. The changes include new layout and site liner, two lighting towers, extra cabins, tanks and facilities and higher noise limits.

23 April 2019: Infinis Energy/Rufford Hills Farm APPROVED

Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning committee voted by 7 in favour and 5 abstentions for a scheme by Infinis Energy to extract mines methane from the disused Ollerton colliery from a site near Rufford Abbey historic parkland. Details

15 February 2019: Angus Energy/Lidsey APPROVED

Planning officers at West Sussex County Council approved under delegated powers round-the-clock oil production at Lidsey. Other operations remain restricted to 7.30am-6pm Monday-Saturday. Details

12 February 2019: Cuadrilla/Roseacre Wood REFUSED

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Part of the lorry route to Cuadrilla’s proposed Roseacre Wood site. Photo: DrillorDrop

The local government secretary, James Brokenshire, refused planning permission after Cuadrilla’s appeal for drilling and fracking up to four wells at Roseacre Wood near Blackpool. Breaking news and link to decision notice. Cuadrilla announced it was not appealing against the decision

31 January 2019: Ineos/Harthill CHALLENGE QUASHED

A judge at the High Court dismisses a statutory challenge from Harthill Against Fracking to the Planning Inspectorate’s approval of planning permission for Ineos Upstream’s shale gas exploration plans at Harthill in south Yorkshire. Breaking news

25 January 2019: Egdon/Wressle GRANTED

Planning inspector grants permission to Egdon Resources to operate its Wressle site, near Scunthorpe for another 12 months. Details


2019 applications in the planning system

Aurora Resources/Altcar Moss, Lancashire LCC/2019/0037

Aurora submits application to Lancashire County Council to drill and frack two shale gas wells at Great Altcar near Formby.

Egdon Resources/Wressle, North Lincolnshire appeal ref APP/Y2003/W/19/3221694

North Lincolnshire Council withdraws objection to long-term oil production at Wressle. Public inquiry, if it goes ahead, will deal only with conditions. Due to start on Tuesday 5 November 2019 in Scunthorpe.

HHDL/Horse Hill, Surrey SCC ref 2018/0152

HHDL has applied to drill another four wells and to carry out long-term oil production. Possible decision date: September 2019

IGas/Ellesmere Port, Cheshire appeal ref APP/A0665/W/18/3207952

Outcome awaited of public inquiry into IGas appeal over refusal of permission for flow testing at its Portside One site at Ellesmere Port. Link to public inquiry Appeal has been recovered by the local government secretary. Inspector’s recommendation due by 23 January 2020.

IGas/Ince Marshes, Cheshire

IGas submitted a scoping request in October 2017 to drill and frack two shale gas wells at an already drilled site at Protos (formerly known as Ince Resource Recovery Park). The existing well would be reinstated and used to monitor drilling and testing the two new wells. Link to scoping request

IGas/Loxhill-Dunsfold

IGas says it will submit an application for a site off Godalming Road, Loxhill, north of Dunsfold in Surrey. August 1 2019 drop-in information session postponed until after the summer.

Ineos/Woodsetts, Rotherham Ref RB2018/0918, appeal ref APP/P4415/W/19/3220577

Ineos has appealed against refusal of planning permission for its shale gas well at Dinnington Road, Woodsetts. Inquiry began 11 June 2019. Appeal has been recovered by the local government secretary. Inspector’s recommendation due by 13 January 2020

Third Energy/pipeline and Vale of Pickering sites

Third Energy has requested screening opinions on extending the duration of planning permissions for its gas pipeline to Knapton Generating Station and the Vale of Pickering sites. Details

UKOG/High Loxley Road, Dunsfold, Surrey

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Location (marked in white) of UKOG’s Dunsfold site and access track, based on information in the company’s leaflet. Image source: Google Maps

UK Oil & Gas plc application for oil and gas exploration plans at Dunsfold has been validated and published. Details and  background Second application with an alternative site access submitted. Possible decision date September 2019.


Ones to watch

We’ll also be looking out for applications expected to be submitted by:

  • Egdon Resources for additional wells in Lincolnshire
  • INEOS has identified possible shale gas sites on Forestry Commission land at The Lings near Edwinstowe and Thieves Wood near Ravenshead, both in Nottinghamshire
  • UKOG says it will submit applications at Arreton in PEDL331 on the Isle of Wight and in the Broadford Bridge licence in West Sussex

Please let us know about any other proposals which have not yet reached planning application stage by clicking here


2018 decisions

3 December 2018: Egdon/Biscathorpe GRANTED

Lincolnshire County Council approved a retrospective planning application for security cabins at Egdon’s Biscathorpe site near Louth

28 November 2018: Egdon/Wressle REFUSED

North Lincolnshire Council refused another application from Egdon Resources for long-term oil production at its Wressle site near Scunthorpe. Breaking news

11 September 2018: UKOG/Broadford Bridge GRANTED

West Sussex County Council approved an application by UKOG to extend permission for operations at its Broadford Bridge exploration site. Breaking news

7 September 2018: Ineos/Woodsetts REFUSED

Rotherham Council again refused permission to Ineos for an exploratory shale gas site at Woodsetts. Breaking news

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Campaigners against Ineos plans for Woodsetts, Rotherham Town Hall, 7 September 2018. Photo: DrillOrDrop

16 August 2018: Ineos/Bramleymoor Lane – APPEAL ALLOWED

Planning inspector, Elizabeth Hill, allowed Ineos’s appeal against non-determination of plans for shale gas exploration at Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane in Derbyshire. Breaking news and reaction

8 August 2018: Angus Energy/Brockham – GRANTED

Surrey County Council’s planning committee granted retrospective planning permission for a oil exploration sidetrack drilled in 2017. The committee also allowed continued use of the wellhead and for appraisal of the sidetrack for three years. Live news updates and reaction 

1 August 2018: Egdon/Wressle – REFUSED

North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee unanimously voted to refuse permission to Egdon Resources for another three years at its oil exploration site at Wressle. Live news updates and reaction

7 June 2018: Ineos/Harthill – APPEAL ALLOWED

Planning inspector, Stephen Roscoe, allowed Ineos’s appeal against non-determination of plans for shale gas exploration at Common Road, Harthill, South Yorkshire. Details and reaction

29 May 2018: IGas/Albury – GRANTED

Surrey County Council planning officers granted planning permission under delegated powers for the production and export of gas from the oil site. Details (see end of post)

23 May 2018: Europa/Bury Hill Wood (Holmwood/Leith Hill) – GRANTED

For the second time, Surrey County Council approved plans for fencing and  buildings at the Bury Hill Wood site near Leith Hill. Live news updates

14 May 2018: Egdon/North Kelsey – GRANTED

Lincolnshire County Councillors unanimously approved Egdon’s application to drill and test an oil well at North Kelsey. Live news updates 

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Egdon’s Biscathorpe site location. Source: Lincolnshire County Council

14 May 2018: Egdon/Biscathorpe – GRANTED

Lincolnshire County Councillors unanimously approved Egdon’s application to drill and test an oil well at Biscathorpe. Live news updates 

24 April 2018: Angus Energy/Lidsey – GRANTED

West Sussex County Council approved Angus Energy’s application to continue oil production at the Lidsey site near Bognor Regis for 10 more years. Details

8 March 2018: Ineos/Woodsetts – REFUSED

Labour-controlled Rotherham Metropolitan Council unanimously refused permission for Ineos’s vertical coring well at Woodsetts on ecological and highway grounds. DrillOrDrop live news updates and reaction report

5 February 2018: Ineos/Marsh Lane – OPPOSED

Conservative-controlled Derbyshire County Council voted 9-1 to oppose Ineos plans for vertical shale gas exploration well at Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, when it goes to a public inquiry on 19 June 2018. DrillOrDrop live updates and reaction report

25 January 2018: IGas/Ellesmere Port – REFUSED

Labour-controlled Cheshire West and Chester Council refused plans by IGas for testing the Pentre Chert formation at its existing gas well at Portside in Ellesmere Port. The company is considering an appeal. The council says the vote was 10-1 against the application. DrillOrDrop report

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Opponents of IGas plans outside Cheshire West and Chester Council. Photo: DrillOrDrop

25 January 2018: Ineos/Harthill – OPPOSED

Labour-controlled Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s planning board voted unanimously to oppose Ineos’s shale gas vertical well for Harthill when it goes to a public inquiry due to start on 24 April 2018. DrillOrDrop

24 January 2018: Cuadrilla/Roseacre Wood – OPPOSED

Conservative-controlled Lancashire County Council’s development control committee voted unanimously to oppose Cuadrilla’s traffic management plans for Roseacre Wood when they go to a public inquiry scheduled to start on 10 April 2018. DrillOrDrop report

9 January 2018: Cuadrilla/Balcombe – APPROVED

Conservative-controlled West Sussex County Council voted unanimously to allow Cuadrilla’s application for flow testing at its horizontal well at Balcombe. (Site operation has since been transferred to Angus Energy). DrillOrDrop report

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Speakers at West Sussex County Council planning meeting, 9 January 2018. Photo: DrillOrDrop

4 January 2018: Egdon/Wressle appeal – DISMISSED

Planning inspector, Keri Williams, backed two decisions by Conservative-controlled North Lincolnshire Council to refuse permission to Egdon Resources for acidisation, proppant squeeze and oil production at Wressle, near Scunthorpe. The planning inquiry was in November 2017 and the applications refused in January and July 2017. DrillOrDrop report


2017

25 October 2017: Cuadrilla/Becconsall REFUSED

Lancashire County Council’s planning committee refuses permission for an extension of time at the Becconsall site near the Ribble Estuary. Details

18 October 2017: HHDL/Horse Hill APPROVED

Surrey County Council approves planning permission for two more wells and more testing. Live updates from the meeting and reaction

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Leith Hill site vehicle on Coldharbour Lane. Photo: Dan Harvey

18 October 2017: Europa/Bury Hill Wood (also known as Leith Hill or Holmwod) DEFERRED

Surrey County Council’s planning committee defers decision on Europa’s traffic plans for Bury Hill Wood. Details

18 October 2017: Europa/Bury Hill Wood (also known as Leith Hill or Holmwod) APPROVED

Surrey County Council’s planning committee approves Europa’s fencing plans for Bury Hill Wood. Details

11 October 2017: UK Oil & Gas/Broadford Bridge APPROVED

West Sussex County Council approves, under officer delegated powers, permission to retain security fencing, gates and cabins until 30 September 2018. Link to decision document

13 September 2017: Angus/Brockham APPROVED

Surrey County Council approves retrospective application for fencing, equipment and buildings at Brockham site. Details

12 September 2017: UK Oil & Gas/Broadford Bridge APPROVED

West Sussex County Council unanimously approves extension of one year to planning permission to allow flow testing. Details

2 August 2017: Europa/Bury Hill Wood (also known as Leith Hill or Holmwod) DEFERRED

Surrey County Council’s planning committee defers decision on Europa’s traffic plans for Bury Hill Wood

3 July 2017: Egdon/Wressle REFUSED

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Wressle site plan. Source: Planning application to North Lincolnshire Council

North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee refuses permission for oil production plans at Wressle. Details

2 May 2017: UKOG/Markwells Wood WITHDRAWN

UKOG withdraws planning application for drilling and oil production at Markwells Wood. Details

21 March 2017: IGas/Tinker Lane APPROVED

Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning committee votes by a margin of one to approve IGas plans for a single vertical well at Tinker Lane, near Blyth. Details

16 March 2017: Europa/Bury Hill Wood (also known as Leith Hill or Holmwod) APPROVED

Surrey County Council approves plans for groundwater monitoring boreholes, fencing and portacabin under permitted development rights. Details

11 January 2017: Egdon/Wressle REFUSED

North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee refuses permission by 7 to 3 with one abstention for 15 years of oil production at the site. Details

4 January 2017: UK Oil & Gas/Broadford Bridge APPROVED

West Sussex county Council approves changes to planning permission allowing for a drilling “zone of variation” within which the proposed lateral borehole can be drilled. Details  


DrillOrDrop has reported on all the decision meetings listed on this page. This has been possible because of donations by individual DrillOrDrop readers. You can donate here

3 replies »

  1. How do I keep a check on local applications for fracking, where specifically should I look? I am based in Weston Super Mare, licences have been granted to frack our area and would like to get advance warning of any applications.
    Thanks
    Michael

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