Agenda and draft minutes

Planning and Regulatory Committee
Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN

Contact: Huma Younis  Email: huma.younis@surreycc.gov.uk

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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTIONS

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MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING pdf icon PDF 72 KB

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PETITIONS

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PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

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MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME

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DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

    (i)            Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

    (ii)           Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting

    NOTES:

    ·         Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

    ·         As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

    ·         Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    There were none.

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MINERALS/WASTE RE18/02667/CON: Horse Hill Well Site, Horse Hill, Hookwood, Horley, Surrey, RH6 0HN pdf icon PDF 567 KB

    This is an application for the retention and extension of an existing well site, HH1 and HH2 wells, and vehicular access to allow: the drilling of four new hydrocarbon wells and one water reinjection well; the construction of a process and storage area and tanker loading facility; new boundary fencing; well maintenance workovers and sidetrack drilling; and ancillary development enabling the production of hydrocarbons from six wells, for a period of 25 years.

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

     An update sheet was tabled at the meeting and is attached as Annex 1 to the minutes.

    Officers:

    Caroline Smith, Interim Planning Group Manager

    Stephen Jenkins, Interim Planning Development Manager

    Duncan Evans, Senior Planning Officer

    Nancy El-Shatoury, Principal Lawyer

    Helen Forbes, Lawyer

     

    Speakers:

    Mr James Knapp, made representations in objection to the application. The following key points were made:

    • Earthquakes are not addressed by the officer’s report.
    • Suggested HH-1 Borehole drilled through a fault
    • Organisations that are responsible for monitoring earthquakes are not taking this matter seriously. Elected representatives therefore need to take this matter seriously.
    • Edinburgh University believe if drilling continues earthquakes will continue.
    • Earthquakes were triggered by surface activity which is a responsibility of the council.

     

    Mr Julian Everett spoke on behalf of Vicki Elcoate and made representations in objection to the application. The following key points were made:

    • Surrey County Council have declared a climate emergency but are considering an application for extracting fossil fuels for 25 years.
    • This application is not the change residents want for a sustainable county. The Stephenson High Court judgement on the impact of climate change threw out ‘the presumption in favour of oil and gas’.
    • The cumulative impact from greenhouse gases is massive and is underrepresented by the applicant.
    • Efforts in Surrey for positive initiatives are utterly pointless if this application goes ahead.

     

    Ms Lynette von Kaufmann, made representations in objection to the application. The following key points were made:

    ·        Newdigate resident- there have been around 172 tremors recorded since 1 April 2018.

    ·        Residents have felt 13 of the earthquakes, an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.2 was felt by 1600 people.

    ·        Damage to property has been recorded, mostly crack to walls and brickworks- worried house prices will fall and insurance premiums will go up.

    ·        If oil well activity continues imagine what will happen with earthquakes when more are approved. The decision should be deferred until conditions around things such as having a full 3D seismic survey, traffic light system and ongoing seismic monitoring are put in place.

    Ms Pat Smith, made representations in objection to the application. The following key points were made:

    ·        Have lived in Dorking for over 48 years and have concerns around the conditions.

    ·        Involved in monitoring oil operations at Brockham alongside the council. Concerns around the reliability of the operator and want detailed and precise conditions.

    ·        There should be a pre-commencement condition around the monitoring of methane gases throughout the project and the water reinjection element of the application should be removed.  

    ·        There should be a break clause every five years with the application and there should be a condition on community engagement. 

     

    Mr Chris Lowe, made representations in objection to the application. The following key points were made:

    ·        Lives within 800 yards from the site- Stephenson case declares key provision within the NPPF illegal- ask council to seek independent legal advice on this matter.

    ·        Council is seeking to reduce emissions but this permission would not be consistent with this policy.

    ·        Assume financial resilience of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37/19

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