Balcombe is a small, friendly village located in West Sussex surrounded by beautiful countryside. With approximately 1900 residents, the village includes numerous shops and stores, a tea room, village pubs, a social club, St Mary’s Church, numerous sports and social clubs, a primary school and a mainline train station providing links to London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

Thank you to over 2700 people who have lodged objections and concerns including our Parish Council, the Primary School, Sussex Wildlife Trust, CPRE, Friends of the Earth, Jeremy Quin MP and Keith Taylor MEP, along with hundreds of concerned residents with West Sussex County Council and the Environment Agency regarding flow testing the well drilled in the summer of 2013.

Cuadrilla has returned to Balcombe with Angus Energy as the Operator

The WSCC Planning Committee voted to grant temporary permission for exploration and appraisal for oil and gas at the existing Balcombe site in January 2018, subject to a number of amended conditions. Angus is currently preparing a further planning application for an Extended Well Test.

Angus Energy has acquired a 25% Interest in the Balcombe Licence PEDL 244 consent has been granted by the OGA (Oil and Gas Authority) and so they will be the operator at the Lower Stumble drilling site.

Our Residents Association

FFBRA was formed in 2013 and objects fundamentally to the presence of the oil and gas industry in our village on grounds of air pollution, industrialisation, water use, potential water pollution, earthquakes and health impacts, toxic waste, climate change, noise, traffic, and the imposition on our once peaceful lives of stress and strife.

Latest News


Angus Strikes Water!

Angus Energy started work in Balcombe in early September, and although the flow test has finished, they are still monitoring the pressure in the well until after Christmas. A group of 30 from the village Read more…