Fracking in East Sussex

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Dear East Sussex County Council,

Can you tell me what is East Sussex County Council's policy on making decisions on any planning applications for permission to carry out fracking.

Would the Council support the carrying out of fracking in East Sussex, or would the Council be against it?

Please can you list any sites that have been reviewed as suitable for fracking in the county.

Please can you list any applications that have been submitted for fracking in the county.

Please can you clarify whether or not an application to frack the land between Boyne Road and Barley lane in Hastings has been submitted.

Please can you list any council reports on the subject of fracking within the county.

Please indicate the dates and subjects of any meetings that East Sussex County Council hosted or attended on the subject of fracking.

Yours faithfully,
Richard Price
Journalist.

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

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EIR Request ref:  4851 / Fracking in East Sussex

 

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East Sussex County Council

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Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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Dear Mr Price

 

EIR Request ref:  4851 / Fracking in East Sussex

 

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REQUEST

 

Can you tell me what is East Sussex County Council's policy on making
decisions on any planning applications for permission to carry out
fracking.

 

Would the Council support the carrying out of fracking in East Sussex, or
would the Council be against it?

 

Please can you list any sites that have been reviewed as suitable for
fracking in the county.

 

Please can you list any applications that have been submitted for fracking
in the county.

 

Please can you clarify whether or not an application to frack the land
between Boyne Road and Barley lane in Hastings has been submitted.

 

Please can you list any council reports on the subject of fracking within
the county.

 

Please indicate the dates and subjects of any meetings that East Sussex
County Council hosted or attended on the subject of fracking.

 

RESPONSE

 

Can you tell me what is East Sussex County Council's policy on making
decisions on any planning applications for permission to carry out
fracking.

 

There is no County Council  land use policy specifically related to
Fracking. The Adopted Waste & Minerals Plan (2013) contains a policy on
Oil and Gas. Policy WMP16 refers to supporting proposals for exploration
for oil and gas where it can be demonstrated that there is no less
sensitive location that could be utilised and that there is no
unacceptable adverse impact on the environment or local amenity.

 

Would the Council support the carrying out of fracking in East Sussex, or
would the Council be against it?

 

East Sussex County Council has responsibility for determining planning
applications for oil and gas exploration within the planning authority
area. The County Council is under a legal obligation to consider each
application on its merits taking into account material planning
considerations. The County Council could not apply a blanket ban on
Fracking as this would seek to fetter future decisions.

 

Please can you list any sites that have been reviewed as suitable for
fracking in the county.

 

The County Council has not reviewed any sites in relation to Fracking.
Licences are the responsibility of the Department of Energy and Climate
Change and the County Council has no role in the issue of a licence. Oil
Exploration Licences currently exist for only 1.2% of the County. The
Government has requested bids for a new Licensing Round which includes the
rest of the County. No announcement has yet been made by Government on
this.

 

Please can you list any applications that have been submitted for fracking
in the county.

 

None.

 

Please can you clarify whether or not an application to frack the land
between Boyne Road and Barley lane in Hastings has been submitted.

 

There has been no application to frack the land between Boyne Road and
Barley lane in Hastings.

 

Please can you list any council reports on the subject of fracking within
the county.

 

The Lead Member for Transport and Environment considered a petition to ban
Fracking on 13 October 2014. Copy of Report enclosed.

 

Please indicate the dates and subjects of any meetings that East Sussex
County Council hosted or attended on the subject of fracking.

 

The Economy Transport and Environment Scrutiny Committee had Presentations
on Shale Gas and Oil Exploration Impacts on 19 November 2014. Copy of
Report enclosed.

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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