The Government’s response on 13 August 2015, to consultation carried out in March 2015, set out the intention to amend the 2015 Order so that development which consists of the drilling of boreholes for groundwater monitoring for petroleum exploration can take place as permitted development. The permitted development right will apply to the temporary use of land (for no more than 28 days), and the longer term use of land (for no more than 6 months).
Before making the changes, the Government invited views on the following further amendments to permitted development rights for petroleum development:
(a) to extend the duration of the period for the longer term use of land for the drilling of boreholes for groundwater monitoring previously consulted upon, from 6 to 24 months;
(b) to enable as permitted development the drilling of boreholes for seismic investigation and monitoring;
(c) to enable as permitted development the drilling of boreholes for the location and appraisal of former mine workings.
These proposals would assist in establishing a more informed baseline for future monitoring; provide information to inform any environmental statement for an environmental impact assessment; and inform the location of drilling sites for any future planning application for petroleum exploration.
This document provides a summary of the responses received to the individual questions put forward and the Government’s response to them.
Date: December 2015 Date of publication