Oil and chemical firm INEOS is seeking planning permission to explore shale gas reserves on privately-owned land off Bramleymoor Lane, between the villages of Apperknowle and Marsh Lane.
The site is located 0.5km to the south-west of Marsh Lane, near Eckington, in North East Derbyshire District. This proposal involves erecting a drilling rig up to 60 metres tall and drilling around 2,400 metres below the ground to investigate the suitability of the rock for 'fracking' − the process of injecting water and chemicals at high pressure into rocks deep underground to create tiny cracks so shale gas can flow up a well to the surface and be collected.
At a meeting on 5 February, the council's Planning Committee members voted to reject the recommendation of council planning officers that the proposal by INEOS would be acceptable if strict planning controls are put in place.
A pre-inquiry meeting will take place at County Hall, Matlock, on Tuesday 20 March 2018, for the planning inspector to consider practical arrangements for managing the public inquiry. A venue for the inquiry is expected to be confirmed soon.
INEOS submitted its planning application to the county council in May 2017 and the council held two public consultations about the proposals.
But in December, before the council was ready to decide on the application, INEOS chose to make an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate saying it could not continue to wait for a decision.
It means a public inquiry will now be held from 19 June with the decision whether or not to grant planning permission being taken by a Planning Inspector.
The council's position will be presented to the planning inspector to be taken into account before deciding on the proposal.
On 29 January 2018 the planning committee decided not to deal with a repeat application from INEOS for the same development at Bramleymoor Lane.
The firm submitted the second application for identical development - a process known as "twin-tracking" - soon after it made an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in December.
In February 2017, the council decided an environmental impact assessment was not needed for this proposal. In June 2017, a Government minister gave a direction which came to the same conclusion.
You can find more background information including pre-application information the council received from INEOS about the Bramleymoor Lane site, its detailed decision on the environmental impact assessment and the Government minister's direction attached to this page.
You can also find our more about the planning process.
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- INEOS EIA Question Response (32KB)
- An open letter to INEOS Shale (13KB)
- INEOS - non-determination (44KB)
- INEOS advert for Derbyshire Times (83KB)
- INEOS submission January 2017 (5016KB)
- Marsh Lane site location (1768KB)
- INEOS Covering Letter January 2017 (181KB)
- INEOS Screening Response Letter PEDL300 Site 1 (256KB)
- Marsh lane resident information sheet (289KB)
- Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 - Screening Opinion (248KB)
- Letter re: extension of time for the Application to Drill a Vertical Core Well at Land Adjacent to Bramleymoor Lane, near Marsh Lane, Eckington (68KB)
- Letter - Request for a screening direction (102KB)
- Town and Country Planning (EIA) Regulations 2011 Secretary of State Screening Direction - Written Statement (123KB)