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FRACKING: All you need to know about public inquiry on proposals for fracking near Derbyshire village

Bramley Moor Lane
Bramley Moor Lane

A public inquiry into plans to explore underground shale gas reserves near a Derbyshire village starts next week.

The inquiry gets underway on Tuesday and will see Planning Inspector Elizabeth Hill deciding on behalf of the government whether or not to grant planning permission to chemical firm INEOS for the development on Bramley Moor Lane, near Marsh Lane.

The company wants to erect a drilling rip up to 60 metres tall on privately owned land off Bramley Moor Lane and drill around 2,400 metres below the ground to investigate the suitability of the rock for fracking.

Here's everything you need to know about the inquiry.

Where is it being held?

The inquiry is being held at The Assembley Rooms at the Market Hall, Soresby Street, Chesterfield.

What time does it start?

It starts at 10am on Tuesday June 19.

How long will it last?

The inquiry is expected to last around eight days. It will run from June 19 to 22 and then June 25 to 28. It will resume each day at 9.30am and run until 5pm.

Who will be addressing the inquiry?

Representatives from INEOS, Derbyshire County Council and Eckington Against Fracking

Where can I park?

There is no car par at the Assembly Rooms. However, there is parking nearby in the town. For more information, see the Chesterfield Borough Council website.

Can I get there via public transport?

Yes. Click here for details of public transport services, and to plan your journey.

Is anyone able to attend?

Around 180 people will be allowed to attend the inquiry with seating and standing room on a first come, first served basis, except for people taking part on behalf of one of the main parties.

Other useful information

Bag searches will be carried out for the safety of everyone attending. Please arrive with plenty of time and only bring necessary items.

The building will open to the public from 9am.

Anyone intending to ask the inspector for permission to make new representations to the inquiry should tell a member of staff on arrival.

Items such as placards, banners and posters should not be taken into the inquiry room. However, space will be made available to store them.

Background information

INEOS submitted their planning application to Derbyshire County Council in May 2017 and two public consultations were held about the plans.

But in December, before the authority were ready to make a decision on the application, INEOS decided to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate saying it could not continue to wait for a decision.

The public inquiry will now be held with the decision on whether or not to grant planning permission being taken by a planning inspector.

At a meeting on February 5 2018, Derbyshire County Council Planning Committe members voted to reject a recommendation by their planning officers that the proposal by INEOS would be acceptable if strict planning controls were put in place.

The council's position will be presented to the planning inspector to be taken into account before deciding on the proposal.