Monthly Archives: September 2019

Back to Back wells at Horse Hill? Our next steps

Come to a public meeting in Horley on 25 September to find out more about what’s planned – and how we intend to challenge the planning permission.

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Campaigners vow to fight on as plans for massive expansion of oil drilling at Horse Hill given permission

Campaigners from the Weald Action Group were deeply concerned and disappointed when Councillors on the Surrey County Council Planning and Regulatory Committee voted today to give the go-ahead to massive expansion of oil drilling at Horse Hill, near Horley.

Horse Hill Developments Ltd now has the green light to drill five new wells (one for water reinjection, which is implicated in causing earthquakes elsewhere) and commercial oil production for 25 years.*

James Knapp of Weald Action Group said, “Approving more drilling at Horse Hill was the wrong decision. The Weald Action Group and others had sent detailed submissions to the planning department, which were not properly represented to the Committee members.

“The Officer’s Report failed to take account of the changes in government policy on climate change, and didn’t address the risks of drilling in an active earthquake zone. We will seek legal advice on how to challenge this decision.”


*See a summary of the plans at:


Demonstration expected as Surrey County Council planning decides on Horse Hill application

The application for a huge expansion of oil drilling over 25 years at the Horse Hill site near Horley, comes up before Surrey County Council’s planning meeting next Wednesday (September 11th).

Demonstrators from local campaign groups and Extinction Rebellion will be present for a peaceful gathering from 9am outside the meeting, which is at County Hall in Kingston.

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