Fracking application decision extended until February

An anti-fracking poster on the garden gate of a house in Kirby Misperton. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe
An anti-fracking poster on the garden gate of a house in Kirby Misperton. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe
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North Yorkshire County Council has requested for more time before a decision is made on the fracking application by Third Energy at a site at Kirby Misperton, near Pickering.

The county council issued a request for further information on October 11, which Third Energy responded to on October 25. Their response is currently out for a 21-day public consultation, which concludes on Wednesday November 25.

The letter has requested for an extension of time by the NYCC planning officer before any decision is made with a suggested target date of Tuesday February 9, 2016.

John Dewar, Operations Director of Third Energy said “NYCC has requested the extension to ensure that a number of matters, the majority of which are not specific to hydraulic fracturing, can be fully addressed. Several of the matters which require clarification have arisen as the result of responses by statutory consultees and other representations made to the Planning Authority.

“We appreciate that this application, and thus North Yorkshire County Council itself, is the subject of close scrutiny and public interest. But is should be remembered, that this application relates to an existing well and an existing site. We have drilled eight wells safely at our two Kirby Misperton sites, all of which took longer, with greater traffic movements and were more complex than the proposed fracks at KM8.”

Many issues that the NYCC need to consider remain unresolved, including how noise at the site will be mitigated, timing of vehicle movements and the effect of vibration on local heritage assets such as the church at Kirby Misperton.