A Summary of Issues and Consultation Responses had been prepared for the Meeting at County Hall next Tuesday, 3.00 pm 11th November 2014. This is the latest update since April 2014. Included in the report:
Fracking & Shale Gas
4.8 A substantial volume of responses indicated a preference for a 'no fracking' policy within the Plan area ...
4.9 It is considered unlikely that a policy that seeks to resist fracking in any circumstances ... is to be consistant with national policy and to be 'positively prepared'
4.10 .... to consider providing clarification in the plan as to what forms of oil and shale gas exploration and development ... constitute 'Major Development'
4.11 ... whether the Plan should encourage greater coordination between developers and existing site operators ... share of processing equipment and pipelines
4.12 .... potash is a mineral which needs to be addressed in local plans.
4.13 A Key issue is whether the policy should support the principle of only a single supply of potash in the Plan area ... a range of views received ... with a significant volume of support for a new potash mine in the area because of the economic and employment benefits that would arise ...
The timetable for the Plan with Proposed Options expected in May 2015, pre-submission for further consultation end of 2015 and a final plan some time in 2016.
How long is a piece of string ...