URGENT – Calling in of planning applications

Request to: Welsh assembly Government Planning Division

From: Andy Chyba in my capacity as Chair of BRIDGEND GREEN PARTY

8 Min-y-Coed, Brackla, Bridgend CF31 2AF
Tel: 01656 647314 Mobile: 078 1066 3241
Email: greens

APPLICATION DETAILS:
C.B.C. BRIDGEND
Ref: P/11/12/FUL
Location: FORMER ST JOHNS COLLIERY MAESTEG BRIDGEND CF34 0DH
Applicant: UK METHANE LIMITED
Date: 07-01-2011
Proposal: DRILL AND TEST THE INSITU NAMURIAN SHALE AND ASSOCIATED STRATA

This is an issue across the whole of the South Wales Coalfield area (and a bit beyond)

There are many applications of this type before all the Council areas of the coalfield area – they should all be called in.

We have seen Centrica withdraw their two proposals in Bridgend CBC at the point at which I was about to request them to be called in.

I know Centrica have several others (5 I believe, 2 of which may have been approved by now) similar proposals before Neath Port Talbot CBC.
Refs:

P2010/0688 P2010/0703 P2010/0720

Coastal Oil & Gas Ltd have one before the Vale of Glamorgan CBC: 2011/00115/FUL

I understand Composite Energy have proposals near Pontardulais, in the jurisdiction of Swansea CBC

There are probably proposals in RCTCBC and Caerphilly CBC too.

I have not the time or resources to scour all relevant local authorities for such applications, but I would urge you to do so.
It is referred to variously as Coal Bed Methane; Shale Gas; Mine Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing; Fracking.

GROUNDS FOR REQUEST FOR CALLING IN ALL SUCH APPLICATIONS AND IMPOSING A MORATORIUM ON ANY SUCH APPLICATIONS THAT MAY ALREADY HAVE BEEN GRANTED (following published example criteria):

This is not a request that these applications be refused or overturned. It is a request that they be properly investigated by the right people asking the right questions.

There is clear evidence that this is not happening.

There is also ample evidence that where this does not happen, the consequences can be dire.

I therefore urge that this issue is given priority attention before any real damage can be inflicted on the people of South Wales.

Yours sincerely,
   
Andy Chyba
Bridgend Green Party
Blog: https://bridgendgreens.wordpress.com/
Mobile: 078 1066 3241
Email: greens

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