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​Councillors Approve Planning Application For County’s First Exploratory Shale Gas Wells

16th November 2016
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Councillors Approve Planning Application For County’s First Exploratory Shale Gas Wells

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee has approved plans to drill Nottinghamshire’s first exploratory shale gas wells, on land off Springs Road, Misson in Bassetlaw. 

No hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – can be undertaken as part of the permission. 

The approval is subject to the completion of a Section 106 legal agreement, which requires a designated route for all heavy goods vehicles servicing the site, that drivers adhere to a code of conduct and that the applicant is responsible for any highway damage caused by vehicles. 

The application, made by Island Gas Limited, was approved by the Planning and Licensing Committee following discussions at the meeting by seven votes to four. 

Councillors had previously heard presentations from County Council planners, Misson Parish Council, Misson Community Action Group, Frack Free Nottinghamshire, Island Gas Ltd, UK Onshore Oil and Gas (the industry body) and local residents when it first met on 5 October. 

The planning permission comes with 37 conditions and Members added three further controls at today's meeting, which require Island Gas Ltd to put up a restoration bond, for a community liaison group to continue and for additional air quality, noise and water level testing to be undertaken throughout the period of development. 

Following the meeting, Councillor John Wilkinson, Chairman of the Planning and Licensing Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Members of the Planning and Licensing Committee gave thorough and careful consideration to this application.” 

“We are grateful to all the members of public and groups who responded to the consultation and gave evidence to the committee. 

“Ultimately, the committee concluded that the applicant was able to effectively demonstrate how they could address the planning issues within the County Council’s jurisdiction, such as traffic, noise and access, opening hours, the impact on residential areas and wildlife, flooding, heritage and archaeology.”

Seventeen sites at Beckingham, Bothamsall and Eakring are producing high quality oil for use in the plastics and chemical industries. 

To date, Nottinghamshire County Council has received no planning applications for hydraulic fracturing in the county.


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