Brooklands Farm decision. Shropshire Council. Unanimous rejection.

The planning sub-committee at the Shirehall in Shrewsbury unanimously rejected Dart Energy’s proposal to drill for gas on Brooklands Farm.  The paid officials were all recommending that the decision should be the other way.

Local residents and workers on the road next to the proposed site yesterday.

The reasons given by the councillors for refusal were technically not considered good enough by the Council’s legal team, and another meeting of the planning sub-committee will be held in the next few weeks for the reasons given to be phrased in the correct planning jargon.

From there who knows what will happen?

Dart Energy could appeal.  The Council could appeal to a higher court and so on.

The war is not over yet, but an important battle won.

Well done everybody.

Let’s hope Owen Paterson spits into his soup when he hears the news.  I can’t see anyone voting for him to remain our local MP next May.  His behaviour has been appalling over this.

Credit to Councillor Keith Barrow for taking a stand on this issue in the media, and Cllr Steve Davenport for his continual campaigning and speaking today so persuasively on this issue.

Listen to Keith Barrow Leader of Shropshire County Council. expressing his concerns regarding the proposed drilling for CBM in Dudleston. He has great concerns that the area is unsuitable, concerned for local residents , concerns for future generations. He does not support this…. go to 2hr 36mins to hear what he has to say….
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At the Planning North Council special meeting today at Shire Hall, the councillors voted UNANIMOUSLY to reject the application.  Then the legal advice followed that they couldn’t reject the application because they were in direct opposition to the advice from the planning officer.  The motion was then adjusted to be one of the council being minded to reject which means that it isn’t quite over yet, but it nearly is.  It would appear that the planning officers now have to find reasons to support the rejecting the application and then there will be a further planning meeting to settle the final outcome.
So we are not there yet. 
We will be working towards a total rejection.  The fact that the people of this area have been so united and so actively involved in the planning consultation process has been one of the biggest factors in getting this far.  

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