Europa Oil and Gas is keen to get started on the exploratory drill at Leith Hill as their planning permission expires in August.
So they need Surrey County Council to approve their traffic management plan for the site (which involves hundreds of HGV movements in a narrow and historic sunken lane with protected trees on each side).
The latest (12th!) version of the plan is now open for public consultation. Please read it and send in your comments by 7 February.
As this is a new application (because Europa are taking the previous one to appeal), you need to write in again, even if you have done so before.
Local campaign groups Leith Hill Action Group and A Voice for Leith Hill have both published advice on how to respond – read them here:
Horse Hill Developments Ltd have submitted their plans in response to the eight conditions attached to their planning permission for a further three years of oil drilling and related activity. They can’t start work until these plans are all approved.
These documents are out for consultation. Please read and send the Council your views by 5 February 2018.
Thank you to local campaign group A Voice for Leith Hill for this update.
The threatened drill on Leith Hill is now embroiled in a fast moving set of legal proceedings.
Europa Oil and Gas is keen to get on with it as their planning permission for the 18 week exploratory drill expires in August. So they’re challenging Surrey County Council for – they claim – unreasonably delaying a decision on the Traffic Management Plan for the site. The Plan involves hundreds of HGV movements in a narrow and historic sunken lane with protected trees on each side. The courts could sidestep the democratic process, which is what Europa will be hoping.
Europa has also resubmitted the Traffic Management Plan to Surrey County Council. Please comment here by February 7th
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