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Major planning applications that are currently resulting in significant public interest, and how you can submit your comments on a proposal.

West Newton A Wellsite

A planning application has been submitted to the Council to construct an extension to the existing West Newton A wellsite, test, appraise and produce from the two existing wells and drill, test, appraise and produce from up to six (6) new wells followed by decommissioning and wellsite restoration, at West Newton A wellsite, West Newton, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Applicant

Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited

Planning application reference number

21/02464/STFUL

Site

The West Newton A wellsite is located to the north of West Newton and east of Marton. It is located within the Parish of Aldbrough at National Grid Reference TA 192 391 (Easting 519276 and Northing 439162). The wellsite is approximately 13m Above Ordnance Datum (AOD). The wellsite is currently authorised for temporary exploration and testing of hydrocarbons under planning permissions ref 12/04193/STPLF, 13/30064/CONDET, 15/03056/STVAR and 18/02924/CM.  West Newton is 1,130m to the southwest and Marton is 800m to the west. 

Proposal

The planning application is to construct an extension to the existing West Newton A wellsite, test, appraise and produce from the two existing wells and drill, test, appraise and produce from up to six (6) new wells followed by decommissioning and wellsite restoration. This is an application for conventional oil and gas operations and does not involve the extraction of shale gas (known as fracking).

The planning application includes information on the following topic areas:-

  • Planning policy.
  • Hydrocarbon regulation.
  • Air quality.
  • Heritage.
  • Drainage.
  • Ecology.
  • Hydrology.
  • Flood risk.
  • Landscape and visual impact.
  • Lighting.
  • Noise.
  • Transport.

The development would consist of nine principal phases:

  1. Appraisal Testing and Workover of Existing Wells.
  2. Wellsite Extension Construction.
  3. Drilling.
  4. Well treatment and Clean up.
  5. Well Appraisal Testing.
  6. Process Facility.
  7. Well Workovers, Routine Maintenance and Repairs.
  8. Well and Production Facility Decommissioning.
  9. Restoration and Aftercare.

Regulation

The oil and gas industry is subject to strict regulations with many review processes and permissions required before any operations can commence. Obtaining planning permission is an important requirement for the applicant but consent from other organisations who have a responsibility to regulate any hydrocarbon operations also need to be sought, including:-

  • Health and Safety Executive - responsible for advising employers and workers on health and safety, ensuring compliance with on-site health and safety, including the design and safety of the proposed well boreholes.
  • Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) - responsible for issuing landward production licenses (Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDL)) for exploration.  Consent of the OGA is also required to undertake well operations via a Petroleum Operations Notice approval process. 
  • Environment Agency - responsible for emissions to air, land and water arising from the proposed operation.

A development summary can be found in the Design and Access Statement which can be viewed below:

West Newton A - Supporting Document: Design and access statement (pdf 1mb) 

Site Location Plan

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West Newton A Wellsite location
West Newton A Wellsite location


West Newton A - Location Plan (pdf 100kb)

Make comments on this planning application

If you would like to see more information on this planning application and would like to make comments, please  visit our Public Access website using the planning reference number 21/02464/STFUL


Melton West Business Park - Plot E

Planning application for the erection of storage and distribution building (Use Class B8) with ancillary office space and associated parking, landscaping, access, and ancillary works at land east of Brickyard Lane, Melton West Business Park.

Applicant

Wykeland Group Ltd

Planning application reference number 20/03555/STPLF.

Site

The site is located to the south of Monks Way East, Melton Interchange (A63/M62) and east of Brickyard Lane, North Ferriby.  It is currently allocated as a strategically important employment site in the adopted East Riding Local Plan (2016) under Policy Melt-E.

The site is currently an undeveloped plot within the wider Melton west business park and is comprised of two agricultural fields divided by an access track bordered on the northern side by hedgerow. 

The application boundary also includes a strip of land to the west to allow for future drainage connections and extends around the land where a new roundabout is proposed on Brickyard Lane which has recently been approved via planning application ref: 20/02150/STPLF.

Proposal

The proposed development includes the erection of a single building with a total gross floor area of 186,940m2 and a main parapet at 22.667m in height with two small roof access areas at 25.617m.

The building will be used for warehousing and distribution and the site will be accessed at two locations from Brickyard Lane, the industrial estate access road which lies to the west of the site.

The applicant states that the site presents the opportunity to provide a large format B8 warehouse able to meet modern national operator requirements.

A development summary can be found in the applicant's Design and Access Statement which can by viewed below:

Supporting Document: Design and access statement (pdf 12.7mb) 

Layout plan

Melton West Business Park - Plot E site layout
Melton West Business Park - Plot E site layout

Make comments on this planning application

If you would like to see more information on this planning application and would like to make comments please visit our Public Access website using the planning reference number 20/03555/STPLF.

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