Legal sign off for exploratory shale gas drilling plans at Misson, north Notts
Planning permission to drill Nottinghamshire’s first exploratory shale gas wells has been issued.
This follows the completion of a legal agreement required as part of the decision of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee on 15 November 2016 to approve an application by Island Gas Ltd to drill the exploratory wells, on land off Springs Road, Misson in Bassetlaw.
No hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is included as part of the development.
The Section 106 legal agreement requires:
- a designated route for all vehicles visiting and leaving the site
- drivers to adhere to a code of conduct
- the applicant to be responsible for any highway damage caused by their vehicles on the designated route
- payment of a bond, which would be used to fund restoration of the site in the event that Island Gas is unable to fulfil restoration requirements set out in the planning permission
- the setting up of a community liaison committee, and
- the monitoring of water levels close to the site.
That agreement has now been completed and the decision notice issued. The planning consent is valid for three years.
In addition to the legal agreement, the planning permission includes 37 separate conditions, put in place to minimise the impacts of the development on the environment and local communities. Many of the conditions put on the planning permission were added as a direct result of the public consultation and cover areas such as traffic, noise and ecology.
The development site – a former Cold War missile launch site - is around 3km north-east of Misson, close to the Nottinghamshire, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire local government boundary.
Since first receiving the application in October 2015, extensive consultation was undertaken by the County Council, with more than 40 organisations providing feedback and 2,600 individual representations received.