The South Downs National Park Authority issued an enforcement notice relating to Markwells Wood to UKOG Oil & Gas Investments PLC on 14 March 2018. This enforcement notice relates to planning regulations only.
The enforcement notice relates to planning application SDNP/13/01347/CND which required that all operations on the site should be finished by 31 September 2016. A further application for the site was received in September 2016 but withdrawn by the applicant before it could be determined. No further applications have since been submitted.
We consider that the applicant is now in breach of condition SDNP/15/01470/CONDC requiring that all buildings, plant and machinery, including foundations and hard standings should be removed and the site restored according to an approved scheme.
The applicant has six months from the 14 March 2018 to remove all material from the site and 12 months from that date to implement the approved restoration scheme.
We will monitor the site carefully over the next 12 months and, if the applicant remains in breach of conditions, will consider taking further legal action.