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Urgent meeting for councillors on Bramleymoor Lane appeal

Published: 3 May 2018

An urgent meeting of our planning sub-committee will be held tomorrow (4 May 2018) to discuss our position on the proposed underground drilling in the village of Marsh Lane.

The sub-committee of three elected members from the full planning committee, will be asked to re-consider one of the reasons for objection put forward by the planning committee for the proposals by oil and chemical firm INEOS.

In February, our planning officers recommended that the application by INEOS to erect a drilling rig up to 60 metres tall and drill around 2,400 metres below the ground off Bramleymoor Lane was considered to be acceptable – provided strict planning controls were put in place. But planning committee members rejected the recommendation because they felt the proposed development would cause:

  • harm to the open nature of the Green Belt
  • negative impacts from traffic over the roads network
  • unacceptable night-time noise.

Now officers are to recommend that the sub-committee allows the council’s objection relating to traffic to be dropped because independent experts appointed by the council found insufficient evidence to back-up the objection.

INEOS wants to carry out drilling to investigate the suitability of the rock for 'fracking', which is 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.

Following an appeal by INEOS, a public inquiry will be held from 19 June 2018 to decide the planning application, with the final decision whether or not to grant planning permission being taken by a Planning Inspector on behalf of the Government.

We must present our position to the Planning Inspector in writing by 8 May 2018 so that it can be taken into account as part of the public inquiry process.

The sub-committee meeting will be held at 3pm on Friday 4 May 2018 at County Hall, Matlock.

Read more about the planning application.