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Deep disappointment following decision to allow drilling close to nature reserve

Tuesday 15th November

Deep disappointment following decision to allow drilling close to nature reserve

Wildlife Trust speaks of disappointment at Council planning decision over proposals for exploratory drilling at Misson Springs

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has spoken of its deep disappointment that Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning Committee has voted in support of an application for exploratory drilling at Misson Springs – just 125m from the Charity’s Misson Carr Nature Reserve in north Nottinghamshire. 

Whilst disappointed that its efforts alongside local campaigners and Friends of the Earth didn’t convince the committee to reject the application, we are pleased that Councillors have taken note of many of the concerns raised previously by the Trust and have insisted on a more rigorous monitoring regime than was previously proposed. Councillors have also recommended that a Restoration Bond be established – something the Wildlife Trust welcomes. 

Speaking after the planning meeting, our Head of Conservation Janice Bradley said: “This has been a long and complicated fight and we had hoped that Councillors would take the precautionary approach to protecting the SSSI and its scarce wildlife, especially as, together with local campaigners, we had raised a number of concerns over the interpretation of planning policy. We, Misson Parish Council and the local action groups had also raised  key information relating to the Covenant that applies to the site, and this was not given due consideration.”  

Janice continued: “We also welcome the fact that a number of Councillors raised concerns about the potential impacts of the proposed drilling on the Site of Special Scientific Interest, but we are deeply disappointed that they didn’t feel these provided sufficient grounds to refuse it.”

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be discussing possible next steps in the fight to safeguard the Reserve’s wildlife with advisers and Trustees over the next few weeks

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