Final decision on Nottinghamshire shale drilling to be made next year

The final planning consent for a shale gas project in Nottinghamshire is expected to be completed by the end of January 2017. Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee approved […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The final planning consent for a shale gas project in Nottinghamshire is expected to be completed by the end of January 2017.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee approved plans by company IGas to drill in the region’s first exploratory shale gas wells on land off Springs Road, Misson in Bassetlaw in November.

No fracking was included as part of the development.

The approval was subject to planning conditions, including the requirement of a designated route for all heavy goods vehicles servicing the site, drivers adhering to a code of conduct and the applicant responsible for any highway damage caused by vehicles.

Other requirements of the legal agreement include the provision of a restoration bond, the setting up of a community liaison committee and the monitoring of water levels close to the site.

Extensive consultation was undertaken by the County Council, with more than 40 organisations providing feedback and 2,600 individual representations.

Nottinghamshire County Council has also received a planning application for a similar proposal involving shale gas exploratory drilling from Dart Energy at a site off between Barnby Moor and Blyth.