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Planning permission issued for shale gas development between Barnby Moor and Blyth

Planning permission to drill an exploratory shale gas well on land off the A634 between Barnby Moor and Blyth has been issued by Nottinghamshire County Council.

This follows the completion of a legal agreement, required as part of the decision of County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee on 21 March 2017, to approve an application by Dart Energy Ltd to drill the exploratory wells at the site in Bassetlaw.

No hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is included as part of the development.

The Section 106 legal agreement requires:

  • lorries enter and leave the site via a designated route to and from the A1
  • drivers to adhere to a code of conduct
  • payment of a bond, which would be used to fund restoration of the site in the event that Dart Energy is unable to fulfil restoration requirements set out in the planning permission, and
  • retention of the existing community liaison group for the lifespan of the development.

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 52 separate conditions, put in place to minimise the impacts of the development on the environment and local communities. Conditions include a ban on lorries from the site passing Blyth Primary School from 7.30 to 9am and 3 to 4.30pm.

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, lighting, noise and ecology.

The development site, which is currently open farmland, is around 1.5km north-west of Barnby Moor and 3km south-east of Blyth.

Since first receiving the application in May 2016, extensive consultation was undertaken by the County Council, with more than 40 organisations providing feedback and almost 800 individual representations received.