UKOG Appeal Surrey’s refusal

Surrey County Council have refused UKOG’s application to drill for mineral exploration at Loxley.

However, UKOG have now appealed. If you would like to support Surrey CC in their decision to refuse, here are some suggested reasons. However, merely stating that you support the refusal is also valid.

You can submit a comment here:

https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3268579

Comments must be submitted by 6th April.

LOXLEY OIL WELL SUGGESTED SCHEDULE OF REASONS FOR REFUSAL

The reasons for the decision of the Council to refuse permission for the development are: –

  1. No New Data (since previous drilling of the area in 1980’s)
    The applicant has failed to demonstrate the need for the proposed exploration works. The planning balance assessment would not support the proposal as it would be in conflict with Policy MC12 Surrey Minerals Plan 2011, Policy EE2, CC1 and RE3 of the Waverley Local Plan 2018 (Part 1), Policy D1, D2, Waverley Retained Local Plan 2002.
  2. Local Business Impact (which rely on an unspoilt location for trade)
    The proposed development will result in an unacceptable impact on the viability of local businesses, appropriate assessments have not been undertaken or suitable mitigation measures proposed.  The proposal would result in an adverse impact on the local businesses and economy in conflict with MC14 of the Surrey Minerals Plan 2011, Policy EE2, CC1 and RE3 of the Waverley Local Plan 2018 (Part 1), Policy D1, D2, and RD8 of Waverley Retained Local Plan 2002 and the NPPF 2019 Paras 83 and 84.
  3. Impact on planned residential site
    In proposed exploration mining operations will encroach onto the Dunsfold Aerodrome site, this activity has the potential to impact on the delivery and viability of this strategically important residential development that has been granted planning permission. The poor neighbour activity proposed would result in an adverse impact on Waverley Borough Councils strategic housing delivery strategy in conflict with Policy SS7 and SS7A of the Waverley Local Plan 2018 (Part 1), Policy D1, D2, of the Waverley Retained Local Plan 2002 and the NPPF 2019 Para 65, 67, 72, 73, 74 and 75.
  4. Highway safety
    The highways works at the junction of High Loxley Road and Dunsfold Road, including the provision of turning splays and phased traffic lights will not be adequate and the proposal would result in an adverse impact on highway safety in conflict with Policy MC15 Surrey Minerals Plan, Policy ST1 of the Waverley Local Plan 2018 (Part 1), Policy M17 of the Waverley Retained Local Plan 2002 and the NPPF 2019 Para 109.
  5. Local Traveller community
    In proposed exploration mining operations will encroach onto the Dunsfold Travellers site, this activity has the potential to impact on the established living conditions and viability of the site. The poor neighbour activity proposed would result in an adverse impact on Waverley Borough Councils traveller’s accommodation strategy in conflict with Policy AHN4 of the Waverley Local Plan 2018 (Part 1), Policy D1, D2 of Waverley Retained Local Plan 2002.
  6. Impact on landscape and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    The proposal would result in intrusive structures within an area of Area of High Landscape Value and Sensitivity, in conflict with the Local Plan. Due to the nature of development proposed on a greenfield site, and the visual impact of the proposed development, the proposal would fail to enhance the landscape value or protect the intrinsic character and beauty of the Countryside. Furthermore, the proposal would lead to the erosion of the landscape character. It has not been demonstrated that the proposal would enhance the landscape character. The proposal would therefore be contrary to Policies SP2, RE1 and RE3 of the Local Plan Part 1 (2018), Policy D1 of Retained Local Plan 2002 and the NPPF 2019 Paras 170 and 180.
  7. Ecological information is inadequate
    The ecological information submitted with the application fails to provide a quantitative assessment and therefore does not address the requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework to provide a measurable net gain for biodiversity as a result of development. The proposal therefore fails to accord with Policy NE1 of Waverley Local Plan Part 1 (2018,) Policy D1, D2 Retained Local Plan 2002 and the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 Paras 175 and 177.  

(note – policy requirement is to enhance biodiversity)