Joy as controversial Calow gas plans are scrapped

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People power has prevailed after controversial plans to drill for gas in a Derbyshire village were rejected.

Severn Star Natural Gas Ltd (SSNG) wanted to carry out the extraction on land off Dark Lane, Calow, to generate electricity for 5,000 homes.

The firm hoped to conduct the operation round-the-clock every day of the week for a period of up to 15 years.

Residents branded the proposals “catastrophic” for Calow and said the development would have created more noise and traffic and ruined the character of the village.

In light of public concern, members of Derbyshire County Council’s planning committee this afternoon scrapped the plans.

Speaking after the outcome, Margi Senior, of campaign group Calow Against Gas Extraction, said: “We’re over the moon.

“We’ve been campaigning against these proposals for the last 22 months so we’re very pleased our concerns have been listened to.”

It remains to be seen if SSNG will appeal against the decision.

Margi added: “We’ve won the battle but now we’ll have to wait and see if we’ve won the war.”