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Date set for County’s second exploratory shale gas well planning application

Nottinghamshire County Councillors will consider the county’s second planning application to undertake exploratory drilling for shale gas at the Planning and Licensing Committee meeting on Tuesday 21 March.

The application was submitted by Dart Energy in May last year to drill one exploratory vertical well 3,300 metres deep and three sets of groundwater monitoring boreholes on land off the A634 between Barnby Moor and Blyth

The application is not seeking permission to carry out any hydraulic fracturing, known as 'fracking'.

The committee meeting papers will be published online on Monday 13 March.

The application site, which is currently open farm land, is around one mile north of Barnby Moor and 1.5 miles south east of Blyth.

Permission is sought for a temporary period of up to three years, with the drilling taking place for approximately four months. During drilling, operations would take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At other times, works would take place between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday and 7am and 1pm on Saturdays, with no working on Sundays or bank holidays.

Extensive consultation has been undertaken by the County Council, with more than 40 organisations including statutory consultees, neighbouring local authorities and landowners, County Council departments, national Government departments and agencies during the last year.

The County Council has received over 800 representations from the local community and a petition.

Sally Gill, Planning Manager for Nottinghamshire County Council said: "Planning Officers have carefully considered Dart Energy’s planning application and feedback from statutory consultees and members of the public.

"We are now able to confirm that the application will be considered by the Planning and Licensing Committee on Tuesday 21 March.

"Now that the date has been confirmed, we are sending out invitations to local organisations and individuals who have registered an interest to speak at the meeting.”

No hydraulic fracturing, known as 'fracking' will be undertaken as part of the application.