Proposed oil and gas drilling at Dunsfold defeated

A 'refusal motion' from Lib Dem Councillor Penny Rivers prevails, following long campaign from residents, anti-drilling groups, Waverley Lib Dems and Waverley Borough Council.

By David Busby, Nov 27, 2020 6:11

For the second time, an application from UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) to drill for oil and gas just outside the beautiful village of Dunsfold has been refused.

Lib Dem Councillor Penny Rivers’ 'refusal motion' was supported by 6 votes to 5 at Surrey County Council’s planning committee on Friday 27th November.

The news comes as a result of sustained opposition from residents, local anti-drilling groups, the Waverley Liberal Democrats and the ‘rainbow coalition’ controlled Waverley Borough Council.

Waverley Borough Council Deputy Leader and Lib Dem Councillor, Paul Follows, said:

"This is a great victory for the local community in Dunsfold, but also for all those in Waverley who have opposed this, which includes significant opposition from Waverley Borough Council and the local Liberal Democrats and Greens.

"It’s Tory government policy that allows these applications to come forward in the first place, and Conservative-run Surrey County Council needs to do better in defending its climate emergency. These things should never end up before a planning committee.

"But it’s a great result for today, so thank you to everyone for everything you’ve done to secure this victory."

UKOG have said it’s likely that they will appeal the decision, and we must remain vigilant for this.

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Waverley Liberal Democrats and Waverley Borough Council have stood with Dunsfold residents and local anti-drilling groups in fighting these plans and will remain steadfast in our opposition if an appeal is forthcoming.

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