Oil firm wins appeal over time extension at North Lincolnshire well

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 Jan 2019

A company which wants to carry out commercial oil drilling at a well in North Lincolnshire has been given an extension to the time it will be allowed to explore the site.

Egdon Resources has won an appeal against North Lincolnshire Council's decision to refuse an extension to an exploratory phase at the Lodge Farm site, near Wressle.

The company made the appeal after the council’s planning committee refused permission in August, when councillors said Egdon had not complied with a previous decision by a Government planning inspector for the site to be dismantled in April last year.

Plans for commercial drilling at the well have been rejected three times by councillors, with the latest application given the thumbs-down in November.

But now, the Government has ruled in favour of Egdon and granted extra time at the well until January 2020, with company bosses saying they are now looking to submit a further appeal against the latest refusal of the commercial drilling plans.

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

Planning inspector Elizabeth Pleasant said in her decision notice that restoration of the site should be made without delay.

She added that the "absence of any significant harm" to the environment "adds weight" to the approval of a time extension.

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Mark Abbott, managing director of Egdon Resources, said the firm was pleased with the decision and that the company would submit another appeal against the council in the coming weeks.

"We are pleased and encouraged that the inspector supported our position in relation to this appeal," he said.

"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.

Egdon Resources managing director Mark Abbott (centre), pictured at a North Lincolnshire Council planning committee meeting (Image: Calvin Robinson)

"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.

"We plan to submit the appeal documentation in relation to this in the coming week."

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