Last updated 21 February 2017 

Where we’ll be reporting in future

DrillOrDrop reports on planning applications, appeals and judicial reviews for fracking and onshore oil and gas operations.

This page lists the applications and challenges that are currently going through the planning process. It also lists permissions where the operator is still negotiating over planning conditions.

They are listed alphabetically by county. We’ll update as we hear about new information. Please let us know about any applications that are missing from the list. Please also tell us if any of this information is incomplete or inaccurate. Get in touch here.

Click here for more information on other UK onshore oil and gas sites, with links to timelines and key facts.


Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane

On 6 January INEOS Shale announced it was seeking a screening opinion from Derbyshire County Council on whether a planning application for a vertical well at Marsh Lane needed an environmental impact assessment. DrillOrDrop report. On 24 January, Eckington Parish Council, which represents Marsh Lane, voted unanimously against the proposal. DrillOrDrop report. INEOS published an eight-page local newspaper advertising supplement, which was later the subject of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority. Exhibitions by INEOS and opponents were held in Marsh Lane on 31 January 2017. DrillOrDrop report


preston-new-road-protest-170113-2-ros-willsPreston New Road, Little Plumpton (LCC/2014/0096 and LCC/2014/0097)

Two statutory challenges will be heard from 15-17 March 2017 to the Local Government secretary’s decision to grant Cuadrilla’s appeal on its scheme to drill, frack and test up to four wells at Preston New Road. The hearing will be at the High Court in Manchester. The decision, announced by Sajid Javid on 6 October 2016, overturned a refusal of permission by Lancashire County Council. Mr Javid also granted the company’s appeal for a monitoring array around Preston New Road. On both appeals, he followed the recommendation of the inquiry inspector. Links to posts on Mr Javid’s decision here.

Entrance to Roseacre WoodRoseacre Wood (LCC/2014/0101 and LCC/2014/0102)

A statutory challenge to Mr Javid’s decision to reopen the public inquiry on this site on highway issues may be heard in March in Manchester (details). The challenge has been brought by Roseacre resident, Jules Burton. On 6 October, Mr Javid said he was minded to grant Cuadrilla’s appeal on refusal of permission to drill, frack and test up to four wells at Roseacre Wood. The inspector at a public inquiry had recommended refusal on grounds of highway safety. Mr Javid said he was reopening the public inquiry to give Cuadrilla another opportunity to to present evidence on this issue. He granted Cuadrilla’s appeal against the conditions in the permission for a monitoring array around Roseacre Wood. Links to posts on Mr Javid’s decision here.

Elizabeth Warner, of Roseacre Awareness Group, has been granted permission to seek a judicial review (CO3715/2015) of  Lancashire County Council’s decision to approve the application by Cuadrilla for a monitoring array in and around Roseacre Wood. The one-day hearing scheduled for 12 April 2016 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London was postponed until after the result of the public inquiry.

Links to posts on the public inquiry


Wressle drilling 2014 EgdonWressle, near Broughton, Scunthorpe  MIN/2016/810 and PA/2016/808

On 7 February 2017, Egdon Resources said it would appeal against a refusal of planning permission for 15 years of oil and gas production at this site. Egdon said it would also submit a new planning application. Details North Lincolnshire Council rejected the application on 11 January 2017. At the same meeting, the council approved an application for groundwater monitoring boreholes. Live updates from the meeting, breaking news of the decision and reaction.

North Yorkshire

kirby-misperton-170106-6-ragKMA wellsite, Alma Farm, off Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, NY/2015/0233/ENV, (decision C3/15/00971/CPO)

On 20 December 2016, Mrs Justice Lang, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, ruled against a legal challenge by Friends of the Earth and Frack Free Ryedale. They had sought a judicial review of the decision by North Yorkshire County Council to approve Third Energy’s plans to frack the KM8 well at Kirby Misperton. DrillOrDrop reports on day 1: the challenge and the council’s defence and day 2:  Third Energy’s case and responses Agreements are still required on conditions of the planning permission before work can begin. A protection camp has established nearby.


TinkerLane1BAFTinker Lane, between Blyth and Barnby Moor ES/3524

IGas has applied for an exploratory shale gas well at land off the A634 between Blyth and Barnby Moor, Bassetlaw. DrillOrDrop report. The company has also applied for an environmental permit (EPR/EB3406XP/A001). Nottinghamshire County Council announced an additional consultation on 9 February 2017 and the decision date will be confirmed later. Details  and Key facts, links and timeline


leith-hill-tree-houseBury Hill Wood (also called Holmwood), off Coldharbour Lane, near Dorking SCC Ref 2016/0170

Europa Oil & Gas has applied to increase the area of its oil exploration site and to install extra security fencing at this site, along with offices, welfare accommodation, water and fuel tanks and a generator. DrillOrDrop report. The decision is not expected until 2017. The lighting management plan for the site was approved by Surrey County Council’s planning committee on 7 December 2016. A highway condition survey is due to be considered on 22 February. Plans to meet other conditions of the original planning permission remain to be confirmed. No date has been set for a decision on the new application. A protest camp has established on the drill site and was issued with an injunction on 23 January 2017.

horse-hill-from-lomond-riding-stables-2014Horse Hill, near Horley/Gatwick Airport SCC Ref 2016/0189  

Horse Hill Developments Ltd has applied for planning permission for three years for a horizontal sidetrack and a second, deviated, borehole plus extended well testing. DrillOrDrop report. Surrey County Council told DrillOrDrop on 21 February 2017 it had asked the applicant for more information. When the information has been submitted there will be an additional public consultation. The target determination date is now 31 July 2017. There is a scheduled planning meeting on 12 July 2017. Site details and timeline

West Sussex

markwells-woodMarkwells Wood wells site, South Holt Farm, Dean Lane End, Forestside, near Rowlands Castle SDNP/16/04679/CM

UK Oil and Gas (Investments) PLC has applied to the South Downs National Park Authority for permission to produce oil for 20 years. The application includes drilling a sidetrack well from the existing borehole, three additional hydrocarbon production wells and one water injection well. The National Park Authority has asked for more information on the application and another consultation will be held when it is submitted. A decision is not expected until April or May 2017.

Ones to watch


Rudheath Lodge Farm, Knutsford Road, Cranage CW4 8HJ 16/4724W

We’re watching developments at this site in Cheshire East, where Sibelco has submitted an application for a 75ha silica sand quarry. There is no reference in the application document to use of the sand for hydraulic fracturing and company’s PR consultant told us it was not suitable. However, an unredacted Mineral Resource Assessment, which gives details of the physical and chemical analysis of the sand, has not been submitted with the application, despite being requested by the council and consultees. The site lies in both Cheshire East and Chester and Chester West Council areas. We understand that both authorities will vote on the scheme. Exhibitions on the scheme are planned for 14 and 17 February. (See February Drilling Diary)

Other plans

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

  • IGas at Baxter’s Copse and West Dean in West Sussex
  • Egdon Resources for additional wells in Lincolnshire
  • INEOS has said it expects to submit about 10 applications for its licence areas in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire this year. It has identified sites on Forestry Commission land at The Lings near Edwinstowe and Thieves Wood near Ravenshead, both in Nottinghamshire
  • UKOG says it will submit an application in PEDL331 on the Isle of Wight

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


DrillOrDrop’s reporting on planning applications and challenges is supported by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. A grant from the trust funded travel and overnight accommodation since autumn 2014. More details here


All the reports from meetings, hearings and appeals have been posted on the DrillOrDrop blogroll. There are links to them all here.

We aims to provide independent, consistent, comprehensive and accurate reporting of the process and decision-making on fracking and conventional oil and gas planning applications.

So far, we’ve reported on:

  • Cuadrilla’s appeals against refusals of fracking at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood
  • Approval of Third Energy’s fracking application at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire and a judicial review of the decision
  • Approval of IGas shale gas plans at Misson in Nottinghamshire
  • Refusal of acidisation and proppant squeeze at Wressle in North Lincolnshire
  • Decisions in Derbyshire, East Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Swansea and Trafford.

Please let us know if there are applications that we should be reporting on that are not listed here. To get in touch, click here

Last updated 21 February 2017 

Rig Watch receives funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. More details 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.

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