Residents fight the oil and gas at Dunsfold

The local campaign groups representing Surrey residents have continued their opposition of plans to explore for oil and gas in the Surrey Weald. Protect Dunsfold group have announced that they will join Waverley Borough Council in seeking a Judicial Review of the Secretary of State’s decision to allow oil and gas exploration at Dunsfold. The Secretary of State overturned the Planning Authority’s previous refusal of UKOG’s application.

A Crowd funding campaign to help bring the Judicial Review to court has started assisted by the Good Law Project. Protect Dunsfold ltd. received legal advice that there are good grounds to apply for the decision to be reviewed by the courts. Waverley Borough Council received similar advice from their own lawyers and Protect Dunsfold will be cooperating as the case goes forward. Their participation is important because unlike Waverley, their costs can be capped and Crowdfund contributions can go toward Protect Dunsfold’s costs. In this way the Waverley’s costs can be mitigated.

The background to the actions of both Protect Dunsfold and Waverley Borough Council is explained in this BBC Radio Surrey interview:

The view from the AONB and similar to that from Hascombe Hill The woods in the middle ground are due to be felled in July 2022