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Bramleymoor Lane

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.


A public inquiry was held at Chesterfield's Assembly Rooms on 19 June 2018 to decide whether INEOS should be granted planning permission for the development. The final decision will be taken by a planning inspector on behalf of the government. We are awaiting the inspector's decision.

The site

Bramleymoor Lane is located 0.5km to the south-west of Marsh Lane, near Eckington, in north east Derbyshire district. INEOS' 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'. This 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.

View a map of the proposed drilling site.

View the planning application.

Background information

February 2017

We decided an environmental impact assessment was not needed for proposals by INEOS for the development at Bramleymoor Lane .

May 2017

INEOS submitted its planning application. We held two public consultations about the proposals over the following months.

June 2017

A government minister gave a direction which agreed an environmental impact assessment was not needed.

December 2017

INEOS appealed to the Planning Inspectorate before we were ready to decide on the application. The firm said it could not continue to wait for a decision and the Planning Inspectorate ruled that the planning application should be decided by public inquiry.

INEOS submitted a second application for identical development - a process known as 'twin-tracking' - soon after it made the appeal.

January 2018

Our Planning Committee decided not to deal with a repeat application from INEOS for the same development at Bramleymoor Lane.

Read our media release about the committee's decision not to deal with the repeat application.

February 2018

Our Planning Committee members voted to reject the recommendation of our planning officers that the proposal by INEOS would be acceptable if strict planning controls are put in place. We decided an environmental impact assessment was not needed for this proposal.

Read our media release about the Bramleymoor Lane recommendation being rejected by our planning committee.

Watch the Planning Committee meeting webcast.

May 2018

Planning Sub-Committee members met to reconsider objections put forward by the planning committee in February 2018 and voted to continue with a case on traffic grounds as well as harm to the open nature of the Green Belt and unacceptable night-time noise. 

Read our media release about the meeting of our planning sub-committee, held on 4 May 2018

June 2018

A public inquiry opened on 19 June 2018 led by Planning Inspector Elizabeth Hill. Witnesses were called to give evidence for the county council, Eckington Against Fracking and INEOS. The inquiry lasted eight days.

You can find more background information including pre-application information we received from INEOS about the Bramleymoor Lane site, our detailed decision on the environmental impact assessment and the government minister's direction attached to this page.

 

Find out more about the planning process.