Protests about the Portakabins, the generators and other equipment and high floodlighting placed by Island Gas on the rented field between Barnby Moor and Blyth were first received by the Bassetlaw District Council (BDC) planning authority over six months ago at the end of November 2015. They were totally out of place and ugly in the rural countryside. No planning permission had been applied for them. David Larder, Chair of Bassetlaw Against Fracking, took up the matter. He received a letter dated 12 April 2016 which describes “an Unauthorised Change of Use of Agricultural Land”.
He was informed that there had been “a breach of planning control “. When this was first put to Island Gas, they obtained a barrister’s opinion that they had done nothing wrong. BDC also took a barrister’s opinion which took a totally opposite view of the law.
BDC wrote a warning, stating that the situation was in breach of Planning Control. Island Gas were given four weeks to respond. They could put in for a retrospective Planning Application. Until Island Gas have been given this chance no Enforcement Order will be Issued.
So it looks as if Island Gas has got off to a good start! Just ignore the law until someone says something, then throw the book at them and cause a legal delay. Continue to hope that nobody is on their case.