March 28, 2017
Update on the planning application for oil production in Markwell’s Wood, West Sussex (ref: SDNP/16/04679/CM) for ‘Appraisal and production of oil incorporating the drilling of one sidetrack well from the existing well (for appraisal), three new hydrocarbon wells and one water injection well, and to allow the production of hydrocarbons from all four wells for a 20 year period.’
Please note: this is not an application for hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking).
As with any planning application in the National Park the SDNPA is required to demonstrate that we have given the applicants the opportunity to address any issues raised within the consultation process. This is not only best practice but also ensures that we are able to defend our decisions should, in the event of a refusal, the applicant choose to appeal.
A number of issues were raised during the initial consultation process for this application. We raised these with the applicants who have now provided additional information. The SDNPA has now reconsulted the public and consultees and the additional information and comments received will be used to inform the officer’s report and taken into consideration by the SDNPA Planning Committee in due course.