Planning and Licensing Committee consideration of exploratory shale gas drilling planning application
Nottinghamshire County Council's Planning and Licensing Committee will reconvene on 15 November 2016 to continue its consideration of a planning application to drill the county’s first exploratory shale gas wells, on land off Springs Road, Misson in Bassetlaw.
Consideration of the application by Island Gas Limited was suspended at 4.20pm today to allow the committee to receive definitive legal advice regarding a representation from Friends of the Earth, received earlier this afternoon.
No hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is included in the application.
Prior to the suspension of the meeting, councillors heard presentations from County Council planners, Misson Parish Council, Misson Community Action Group, Frack Free Nottinghamshire, Island Gas Ltd, UK Onshore Oil and Gas (the industry body) and local residents.
Prior to the Committee beginning its debate on the application, Councillor John Wilkinson, Chairman of Planning and Licensing Committee made the following announcement: "At 1.30pm today (5 October 2016) officers received a representation from Friends of the Earth.
"As a result of this representation, on which no view has been taken, I have decided, following consultation with officers, to defer this item.
"This means that our meeting will be adjourned until our meeting on 15 November.
"On that date, our meeting will commence at the point we now leave it – that is – allowing members to move to debate.
"The reason for the adjournment is to allow committee to receive definitive legal advice on matters raised in this late representation."