Published Monday, 2 December 2019
Waverley Borough Council is urging residents to make their views known on the latest consultation on a planning application to drill for hydrocarbons at a site near Dunsfold.
Waverley Borough Council is urging residents and other interested parties to make their views known on the latest consultation on a planning application to drill for hydrocarbons at a site near Dunsfold.
The deadline for submission to Surrey County Council (Surrey CC) is 5pm on4 December.
Following the submission of new information by the applicant, UK Oil and Gas (UKOG), Surrey CC has opened a further public consultation. This comes after more than 20 residents and local groups spoke in opposition to the plans at a Listening Panel held by Waverley’s Executive during an earlier round of consultation in August.
Councillor John Ward, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, said: “We wrote to Surrey, to highlight that the new consultation deadline does not give us or others enough time to properly assess the 18 new documents and formulate a response.
“We understand Surrey’s wish to offer timely decisions on planning applications, but we regret their decision not to extend the consultation period, which was only 14 days to consider these highly technical changes properly.
“A total of 18 new documents have been submitted without tracked changes, so there is a great deal of work to be done, simply to understand what is actually new in these documents.
“We’ve passed the new documents on to our environmental consultants for their assessment and will submit a response by the deadline. We urge all other stakeholders to respond quickly, to meet the 4 December deadline.”
The additional information submitted by the applicant is available to view on the County Council’s website using the link below and searching for the Surrey CC Ref: 2019/0072.