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Oil explorer to appeal refusal in North Lincolnshire

Words: Huw Morris
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A company specialising in oil and gas exploration will appeal a decision by North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee to refuse consent for a second time for the development of an oil field.

The move concerns a proposal to develop an oil field at Lodge Farm near the hamlet of Wressle, which is six miles to the east of Scunthorpe.

Egdon Resources will ask the Planning Inspectorate to co-join the new appeal with an appeal against refusal of planning permission in January. The first appeal is scheduled for early November.

The company will also separately appeal the council’s decision earlier this month to refuse its application to request a 12-month extension to the existing planning consent for the site.

“Following a thorough and detailed consultation and evaluation, both applications were recommended for approval by the Council’s Head of Development Management and Building Control and had support from the key statutory and regulatory consultees,” said Egdon’s managing director Mark Abbott. “In addition the environmental permit for the proposed Wressle development has been issued by the Environment Agency since the original decision in January of this year.

“We now look forward to presenting our case at the forthcoming public inquiry.”

In June 2013, Egdon received temporary planning permission from North Lincolnshire Council to drill an exploratory conventional oil well at Lodge Farm.

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