Surrey County Council approved gas extraction at Albury. The local county councillor, Keith Taylor, both spoke and voted in favour of the motion, apparently noting “locally it is not seen as a big issue”.
Surrey County Council has backed plans by IGas to convert an exploration site near Guildford to gas production.
This morning, members of the planning committee voted by eight to two to approve the company’s application to produce compressed natural gas at Albury.
The site, where gas exploration has been carried out intermittently since 1987, is in the Green Belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has nature and landscape protections.
Councillors accepted the advice of planning officers that national policy to maximise the exploitation of oil and gas amounted to exceptional or special circumstances and that they outweighed any harm from the development to the surrounding area.
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