Angus Energy have applied for a one year well test at Lower Stumble (WSCC/045/20)

How to submit your objection:

Make sure you mention reference number WSCC/045/20. Include your name and address.

Online: On the West Sussex County Council Website – WSCC/045/20
Give your name, address and email, then your comment. Don’t forget to select ‘Objection’ in the final drop-down box before you submit your objection. Otherwise your objection will not count.
By email: planning.applications@westsussex.gov.uk, including your postal address
In writing: County Planning, West Sussex County Council, Chichester, PO19 1RH

Objections must be in by 28th September 2020.

Remember, children can object, too and write your comment in your own words. It can be as long or short as you want.

Your reason for objecting can be a single sentence. It is vital that the strength of opposition to this proposed violation of our countryside is made known. Numbers of objections are counted and read out at the Planning Meeting where this application will be decided.

Reasons for objecting:

  • Damage to the countryside
  • HGV traffic pass the school
  • Increased air pollution from flaring
  • Not in the public interest
  • Oil can be found elsewhere
  • Position of the village above the top of the flaring increasing health risks to village
  • Not temporary as would set the precedent that would promote oil exploration through the Weald
  • Threat to the Ardingly Reservoir and the local water supply
  • Seismic risk
  • Minimal benefit to the local economy but maximum disturbance
  • Would not be in line with West County Council’s commitment on Climate Change

Background

Angus Energy’s planning permission to flow test for 7 days expired in March 2019. In November 2019 Angus applied for new permission (WSCC/071/19) to carry out an “Extended Well Test”. The Planning Officer for West Sussex recommended that this application be turned down.

He said REASONS FOR REFUSAL “The proposed development would represent major development in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, for which there are no exceptional circumstances, and which is not in the public interest. There are alternative sources of hydrocarbon supply, both indigenous and imported, to meet the national need, there would be minimal benefit to the local economy from the development, and there is scope for meeting the need in some other way, outside of nationally designated landscapes. It would therefore be contrary to Policies M7a and M13 of the West Sussex Joint Local Minerals Plan (2018) and paragraphs 170 and 172 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2019).”

As a result of the Planning Officer’s recommendation for refusal, Angus Energy withdrew their application but have now resubmitted their application for a shorter time period (one year of well testing instead of three).

Even if you have already objected to the previous application, please object again to this new one. Make your opinion be counted!

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