Date announced for new inquiry into plans for oil drilling in North Lincolnshire

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 3 May 2019

A public inquiry will be held later this year to determine whether a company can continue drilling for oil at a site in North Lincolnshire.

Plans by Egdon Resources for commercial drilling at a well at Lodge Farm near Wressle were rejected by North Lincolnshire Council for the third time in November.

But the company appealed against the decision by councillors and now, the Government’s Planning Inspectorate will hold a public inquiry.

The inquiry is expected to sit for six days from November 5 and will be chaired by planning inspector Phillip Ware at a venue which is yet to be confirmed.

The proposal would see Egdon retain the well site for 15 years.

After objections from residents and campaigners, councillors unanimously turned down the plan and raised concern about the "negative impact" on those in the area.


Campaigners against plans by Egdon Resources to drill for oil at a site near Wressle demonstrate outside a meeting of North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee (Image: Calvin Robinson)

It was the third time the council had turned down plans from the company for commercial drilling since November 2016.

Councillors said they had "deep concerns" about the proposal and were hailed as "local heroes" by local campaigners after previous rejections of the scheme.

But Egdon officials said the proposal had not led to any objection from public bodies and maintained that the proposal "comprehensively" addressed previous concerns raised by the council.

The Government has already ruled in favour of Egdon once this year, when an appeal over a separate application to extend the time it will be allowed to explore the Wressle site was successful.

The council refused permission to extend the exploratory phase in August last year but planning inspector Elizabeth Pleasant granted extra time at the well until January 2020.

Mark Abbott, Egdon's managing director, said the company looked forward to putting its case for commercial drilling to the inspector at the latest inquiry.



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