There was a lot to read before the Planning and Regulatory meeting at Surrey County Council, in fact about 400 pages. The main part of the meeting was to decide the application to construct and operate a well site to drill for oil and gas at Dunsfold. (MINERALS AND WASTE APPLICATION WA/2019/0796 – LOXLEY WELL SITE).

This application was debated for over 4 hours. Having read and heard all the speakers I proposed refusal for the reason that if oil or gas were to be found over the next 3 years, then that might be of benefit to the nation but this would be outweighed by the likelihood of significant adverse impact on the locality – on the countryside, on existing local businesses and also that it would actually drill directly under Dunsfold Garden Village.  This proposal was seconded by Cllr Andrew Povey and supported by 4 others as you can read below.

Mr Tim HallConAgainst the motionMole Valley
Mr Saj HussainConAgainst the motionWoking
Mr Keith TaylorConAgainst the motionGuildford
Mrs Rose ThornConAgainst the motionTandridge
Mr Ernest MallettIndependentAgainst the motionElmbridge
Mrs Bernie MuirConFor the motionEpsom and Ewell
Dr Andrew PoveyConFor the motionWaverley
Mrs Yvonna LayConFor the motionRunnymede
Mr Tim EvansConFor the motionSpelthorne
Mr Stephen CookseyLibDemFor the motionMole Valley
Mrs Penny RiversLibDemFor the motionWaverley

The full meeting has been recorded for your delight and delectation at ….

Planning and Regulatory Committee – Friday 27 November 2020 10.30am – Surrey County Council Webcasts (

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