Battle over North Lincolnshire oil well to go into extra time as developer set to table new applications

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Jan 2018

Prospectors looking for a fortune in oil and gas in North Lincolnshire have not given up on their £2 million investment.

Egdon Resources has announced it will be submitting two fresh planning applications to turn its well site at Lodge Farm, Wressle, into a full hydrocarbons production facility.

The announcement follows the decision by a Government-appointed planning inspector earlier this month to reject the appeals by Egdon against refusals of planning permission for the development by North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee in January and July last year.

The first application will again seek consent for the oil field development, while a second application will be to further extend the current planning consent for exploratory works at the site.

That consent now expires in April after the planning inspector overturned the council's refusal for its extension.

Egdon managing director Mark Abbott said: "This new development application covers the same activities as the previous applications but will specifically address the areas cited for the refusal by the planning inspector in his decision notice.

Egdon Resources, with managing director Mark Abbott (far left), at last January's planning committee meeting where its application was rejected for the first time. (Image: David Haber)

“We remain fully committed to the Wressle project which as the inspector recognised, brings significant local and national benefits and which we believe can be delivered without impact on the community or the environment.

"There were very limited reasons for refusal highlighted by the inspector and the new application will address these issues in detail which should satisfy councillors.

"We remain fully prepared, however, to take these new planning applications through the appeals process should they be delayed or refused."

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