New appeal launched in bid to drill for oil at North Lincolnshire well

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 15 Feb 2019

Egdon Resources has formally submitted a fresh appeal against a North Lincolnshire Council planning decision over the right to drill for oil in the region.

The local authority turned down a bid from the company to carry out commercial drilling at a well at Lodge Farm near Wressle in November.

It was the third time the council had rejected plans from the oil firm.

Councillors said they had "deep concerns" about the proposal and were hailed as "heroes" by local campaigners.

But, Mark Abbott, managing director of Egdon, said the proposal "comprehensively addressed" any concerns about the proposal.

The company recently won an appeal against the authority to extend its time at the Wressle site by 12 months.

The Lodge Farm site near Wressle where Egdon Resources wants to carry out commercial oil drilling

Mr Abbott said in a statement that Egdon would look forward to putting its case at the latest appeal.

"We look forward to a planning inspector considering at a public inquiry our appeal against the refusal in November 2018 of our revised development proposals for the Wressle oil field," he said.

"We strongly believe that the new proposals for the development of the Wressle oil field comprehensively addressed the reasons highlighted by the planning inspector in his dismissal of our original appeals in January 2018. 

"This position was supported by the recommendation for approval given by the council’s planning officer as reinforced by an expert third party review undertaken on behalf of the council."

A date for the public inquiry will now be set by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate.

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