Keep your eye open for our undercover team, Bluebottle and her husband are on surveillance duties in their camper. Strange now to think after this long long time of waiting we are on the threshold now of this first historic project, and we have been there almost from the start. Obviously there are those who are as much against as we are for the project, but I think common sense and the massive boost opportunity will make this application a successful one. I have a pic of port 30 as we closed last year, be good to see it again? ATB
Watching for any developments
Evening Troops, I am past there at least 3 x per week and always have a good gander to see if there is 'owt goin'on. Nothing to report as yet, but as soon as there is...ATB
7. There are three dimensions to sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. These dimensions give rise to the need for the planning system to perform a number of roles: ●● an economic role – contributing to building a strong, responsive and competitive economy, by ensuring that sufficient land of the right type is available in the right places and at the right time to support growth and innovation; and by identifying and coordinating development requirements, including the provision of infrastructure; ●● a social role – supporting strong, vibrant and healthy communities, by providing the supply of housing required to meet the needs of present and future generations; and by creating a high quality built environment, with accessible local services that reflect the community’s needs and support its health, social and cultural well-being; and ●● an environmental role – contributing to protecting and enhancing our natural, built and historic environment; and, as part of this, helping to improve biodiversity, use natural resources prudently, minimise waste and pollution, and mitigate and adapt to climate change including moving to a low carbon economy. Having briefly read the new planning sections, it is interesting to note these 3 factors and insert our project as a comparison. CF and the BOD must have read and re-read these qualifying regulations and checked them against our PA to date to ensure that there are no hidden 'mines' (exploding type) again. It is obvious that it will be Energy Sec. against Environment, but I think the emphasis is more on shale than HMS SIrius's voyage. What it certainly does not say is … given the news about national parks will be excluded from any sort of drilling etc." ……. It is very strong on preservation and protection and that has to be the avenue that CF takes us down..It is easier to swim with the tide than against it……Good to see the agenda beginning to become published and out in the open. I feel ver positive about this ole ship, it's weathered some storms, coped with mutiny at a time of pressure, and is now refurbished and fit for purpose…..Worth a read guys.. BB are you still on point watching for any developments disguised as tourists?///ATB
Morning SC Policy on hydrocarbon extraction has always been more directed from central Gov and arguably was more lax than that applied by local authorities to other mineral extraction. NPs seem to 'waive through' conventional HC apps with no referring to the MDT etc, re Ebberston in the NYMNP: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-24565940 http://www.bartonwillmore.co.uk/north-york-moors-pipeline-given-go-ahead/ For those after unconventional hydrocarbons (frackers) this is not now the case. They will now have a somewhat more difficult rather than easyer app process in NPs than the likes of YP are having AISI. This I see as positive for Sirius as in general there is nothing in the new policy that effects the existing non HC sector (agreed), but specifically It will make it even less likely there will be any fracking apps within the YP AOI or the whole NP. It was never that likely there would have been as the BGS 2013 'Bowland' survey showed little apart from in the very South having suitable frackable geo below the Park. Licence map: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/337169/SEA_Licence_Prospect_On.pdf GK.
Thanks for that GK. I am of the opinion that non of this applies to the YP application as the main thrust is for 'fracking' . Unfortunately however the 'environazis' will seize the opportunity to try and spin it to include us. I do believe that it will not be allowed to be applied retrospectively and common sense will prevail. A company RNS might be a bit helpful however? I have contacts in the USA who are involved in fracking and yes - there have been a couple of ill - planned and thought out procedures carried out which have upset the ground water etc, but they were ages ago when the method was in its' infancy and was soon rectified. The Yanks are a little more 'gung-ho' when it comes to 'exploration'! I personally can see nothing wrong with the procedure - imagine having your foul water 4" sewer pipe under your house but at 1500' below ground level. The greens would have you believe it will cause subsidence and affect your water - pah! Independent gas supply is vital - Mr Putin could have Western Europe (and us) begging to turn it back on again. Norway cannot supply everyone.
RE: was in this for a while
That's clever. I can't trade at midnight on a Sunday. Last night's press release from Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock on unconventional hydrocarbons: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-onshore-licensing-round-opens "Communities Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon also made clear the Government’s approach for unconventional hydrocarbons by providing some additional planning guidance for: •Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; •World Heritage Sites; •National Parks; and •The Broads.... .......DECC will also require detailed Statements of Environmental Awareness to be submitted with licence applications to these areas, to demonstrate applicants’ understanding of the environmental sensitivities relevant to the area proposed. Unless DECC is satisfied with the Statement the application will be rejected. Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Unlocking shale gas in Britain has the potential to provide us with greater energy security, jobs and growth. We must act carefully, minimising risks, to explore how much of our large resource can be recovered to give the UK a new home-grown source of energy...... ....“The new guidance published today will protect Britain’s great national parks and outstanding landscapes. Building on the existing rules that ensure operational best practices are implemented and robustly enforced." --------------------------------- AFAICT there is a limited amount of extra guidance for onshore extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons within NPs on top of that that already exists for major developments (which applies to the YP proposal). NPPF guidance, sec 116: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/6077/2116950.pdf Sp ticked up I note. GK.
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