Britain’s iGas has won planning consent from Nottinghamshire County Council to develop a shale gas well site and drill an exploratory well at Tinker Lane, the company said.
The council gave IGas permission late last year to carry out exploration work at Springs Road in order to test whether the shale rock present is suitable for fracking. “At this stage we, as well as other onshore operators around the country, are trying to establish if the significant quantities of gas that we have identified exist in the right formations to be commercially prospective,” CEO Stephen Bowler said.
“Results from these (two) wells will help us better understand the shale gas potential in North Nottinghamshire,” he said. Britain is estimated to have enough trapped shale gas to meet its gas needs for decades.
Councillor John Wilkinson, chair of the planning committee, said: “I would like to thank the local residents and community groups who attended the meeting and explained to county councillors their concerns about the development at site off Tinker Lane.
“A number of the concerns were about highway and traffic issues. Through debate and discussion during the meeting, we were able to address local people’s concerns and highlight the feedback from statutory consultees like Highways England and the county council’s highways which was used to support the recommendation to approve the planning application.
“County councillors recognised the strength of feeling about lorries using roads close to the village primary school and agreed to extend the proposed HGV restriction on these roads by an extra hour each day during school drop off and pick up times.”
County councillors approved 52 planning conditions to restrict development at the site, including controls covering issues relating to traffic, lighting, noise and ecology.