Horse Hill Developments Ltd (HHDL) have submitted planning application
No:RE16/02556/ CON SCC ref: 2016/0189
Retention of the existing exploratory well site and vehicular access onto Horse Hill;
Appraisal and further flow testing of the existing borehole (Horse Hill 1) for hydrocarbons, including the drilling of a deviated sidetrack well and flow testing for hydrocarbons;
Installation of a second well cellar and drilling a second deviated borehole (Horse Hill 2) and flow testing for hydrocarbons;
Erecting of a security fence for an extended site area, erecting of an acoustic light barrier; modification to the internal access track;
Installation of plant cabins and equipment on 2.08ha for a temporary period of three years.
The Parish Council agreed to object to the application at their Council meeting on Monday 9 January 2017. Click on link for detailed response.
Councillors met with representatives of HHDL on 11/11/16 to discuss the application. HHDL clearly stated that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) does'nt form part of the proposed development because the hydrocarbons have shown to be free flowing without the need for fracking.
The Parish Council are liaising with the Horse Hill Action Group (HHAG) headed up by Sidlow resident Chris Lowe. Councillors will continue to be involved and look to offer assistance as required.The Parish Council also intend to meet and work with Charlwood Parish Council and other community groups to support residents.
HHDL's application contains a large volume of complex paperwork. The link below is a summary, written by DrillorDrop (a journalist), of the proposed development and the environmental impact.