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The consultation on the "Temporary permission for exploration and appraisal comprising the flow testing and monitoring of the existing hydrocarbon lateral borehole along with site security fencing, the provision of an enclosed testing flare and site restoration" lodged by Cuadrilla on the 27th October 2017 has now closed. 

The application is likely to be determined by Planning Committee at County Hall in Chichester in January 2018. You can see the full application online at West Sussex County Council’s website

Please contact your local councillor and the planning committee to ensure that they take into account your opinion on the proposal. The planning committee are listed below:

Mr Bill Acraman - Electoral division Worth Forest -

Lt Cdr Noel Atkins -
Mr Andrew Barrett-Miles -
Lt Col George Barton -
Mr Ian Buckland -
Mr Duncan Crow - Chairman - 
Mrs Janet Duncton - 
Mrs Liz Kitchen - Vice Chairman -

Mr Nigel Jupp -
Mr Simon Oakley -
Mr Ashvin Patel -
Mr Brian Quinn -
Mrs Jacquie Russell -
Mr Sujan Wickremaratchi -

30th November 2017

FFBRA submitted an objection to WSCC on behalf of it's members - it can be viewed online here

Over the next few months we will be adding further information to the website covering the following:

Cuadrilla’s Local Drilling Licence

The government has stipulated that Cuadrilla must fulfil two conditions to retain their rights to drill:

  • Cuadrilla must flow test their well at Lower Stumble by 30th June 2019.
  • Cuadrilla must also drill an additional well in this area by 30th June 2021. This second well could be anywhere in the PEDL licence where a landowner will grant them permission. Cuadrilla has given no indication where the second site is likely to be. It could be a second well at Lower Stumble, or another site in Balcombe or outside of Balcombe.

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