Company to appeal after Calow gas plans are scrapped

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A company which was refused permission to drill for gas in a Derbyshire village is appealing against the decision.

Severn Star Natural Gas Ltd (SSNG) wanted to carry out the extraction on land off Dark Lane, Calow, to generate electricity for 5,000 homes.

The firm hoped to conduct the operation round-the-clock every day of the week for a period of up to 15 years.

However, the proposals were rejected by members of Derbyshire County Council’s planning committee last June in light of public concern.

SSNG is now appealing to the Secretary of State against the council’s decision.

Speaking after the council scrapped the plans, Neil O’Brien, SSNG chief executive, said: “We are naturally very disappointed that our planning application has not been granted permission.The UK is facing an energy shortage over the coming years and it is important that the industry starts an investment programme which will ensure that the country’s power needs are met.”

Residents branded the proposals “catastrophic” for Calow and said the development would have created more noise and traffic and ruined the character of the village.

Concerns were raised that SSNG would resort to fracking – but the company insisted this would not happen.

Anyone who wishes to comment about SSNG’s appeal should write to the Secretary of State at Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or visit www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs by January 29.