Oil drilling plans rejected by councillors for a THIRD time as campaigners say 'people have been listened to'

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 Nov 2018

Plans to drill for oil at a site in North Lincolnshire have been rejected for a third time.

Proposals by Egdon Resources for commercial drilling at Lodge Farm, near Wressle, were turned down again North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee yesterday.

Councillors had already rejected proposals from the firm twice in the last two years and campaigners said the latest refusal of planning permission was a sign that local people "have been listened to".

After three applications since November 2016, councillors said there had been "deep concerns" about the plan.

The new proposal would have seen Egdon Resources retain the Wressle well site and drill for a period of 15 years.

Permission has again been refused for commercial oil drilling to be carried out at a site near Wressle (Image: Copyright Unknown)

The company said the latest plans "comprehensively" addressed previous concerns raised by councillors.

But councillors said the proposal would have a negative impact on local residents and ground water.

Campaigner Elizabeth Williams, who has spoken against Egdon’s plans on two previous occasions, said councillors stuck to their principles.

She said: "I think the people are being listened to and the representatives have taken notice of all the evidence that we have put before them.

"The council have listened to us and they have stuck to their staunchly held principles about the danger of unacceptable risk and harm to North Lincolnshire."

But Egdon representatives said the application posed no threat to the environment.

READ MORE: New plans for commercial oil production at site where controversial scheme has twice been rejected

Mark Abbott, managing director of the firm, said the proposal had no objection from public bodies.

In the planning committee meeting, held at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe, he said: "None of the proposed well treatments would be of harm to the environment.

"Objectors continue to raise concern about ground water but there has been no objection from Public Health England or other bodies."

Representatives of Egdon Resources, pictured at a previous meeting of North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee (Image: David Haber / Scunthorpe Live)

Councillor John Briggs, the mayor of North Lincolnshire, said the planning committee had to consider how the scheme would impact on local residents.

"We always take the views of our residents into account," he said.

"We have to think what this would mean for North Lincolnshire if we approved this."

The proposal was unanimously rejected by the committee.

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