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Shale gas exploratory drilling consultation extended to consider additional information

The consultation on a planning application submitted by IGas for exploratory shale gas drilling on land off Springs Road, Misson in north Nottinghamshire has been extended to give people more time to comment about newly released information.

The consultation period has been extended until Friday 5 August.

The extension follows the submission of additional information requested by the County Council from IGas to address specific issues including:

  • the geological reasons for choosing the site location
  • local ecology issues including the submission of a breeding bird survey and an assessment of noise impact on the nearby Misson Training Area Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with mitigation measures to reduce noise impact
  • an assessment of the cumulative landscape and visual impact of the proposed development with other tall structures in the surroundings (such as wind turbines).

The additional information is contained in a document titled ‘Reg 22 Further Information 07/07/2016’ and can be viewed here.

IGas has applied for planning permission to carry out test drilling to check the suitability of the rock for shale gas extraction. The application does not include any proposals for hydraulic fracturing, known as ‘fracking’.

Comments about the additional information supplied by IGas can be made:

The additional information will be used by the County Council’s Development Management Team to prepare a report on the IGas planning application for consideration by members of the Planning and Licensing Committee later this year.

To allow time to review the submitted information and to undergo the necessary consultation process, the County Council has agreed with IGas to extend the determination period until 14 October.