Supreme Court judgment on Horse Hill case to be issued on 20 June 2024

The Supreme Court will hand down its judgment on the case Sarah Finch v. Surrey County Council at 9.45 am on 20 June 2024. It will be also be livestreamed on the UK Supreme Court website.

Join us outside the court from 8.45am.

The case – about planning permission granted in 2019 for 20 years’ oil production at Horse Hill in Surrey – is of major importance for future decisions by planning authorities about applications to extract fossil fuels across England and Wales.

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No new oil & gas: our response to Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan update

The Weald Action Group has urged Hampshire County Council to commit to refuse any plans for new oil and gas developments.

We have responded to the Council’s consultation on the update of its Minerals and Waste Plan, which will guide decision-making on minerals development – including exploration and production of oil and gas – up until 2040.

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West Sussex County Council urged to refuse UKOG’s fourth bid to delay restoring the Broadford Bridge drilling site

Protesters at Broadford Bridge
Protest at the Broadford Bridge site

UK Oil & Gas  plc (UKOG) has put a fourth application to delay restoring the well they drilled at Broadford Bridge in West Chiltington to West Sussex County Council.

The company is required by its initial exploration licence to restore the controversial site after its exploration but has convinced planners it needs ‘more time’ despite three previous extensions.

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National and local groups speak out against resumption of oil production at Avington, Hampshire

Letter to The Times from groups opposed to oil drilling at Avington, Hampshire“The decision… puts the park’s purposes in grave danger, dismisses local decision-making and is yet another black mark against this country’s progress towards net zero.”

So wrote representatives of the Campaign for National Parks, Winchester Action on Climate Change, Friends of the South Downs, Petersfield Climate Action Network and Alton Climate Action Network, in a letter to published in The Times on 2 October 2023.

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Weald Action Group objects to 10-year extension at Waddock Cross, Dorset

The Weald Action Group has formally objected to the application by Egdon Resources to keep the Waddock Cross oil site open for a further ten years. (application P/VOC/2023/02762).

The application is for a ten-year extension to an existing dormant site. If successful, Egdon Resources plans to submit a further application for two more wells with the intention of resuming commercial oil production. If the oil yield shown in modelling cited in the Planning Statement is achieved, Waddock Cross could become one of the largest onshore oil production sites in the UK.

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No time for a coal mine: WAG to join Speakers’ Corner at Whitehaven mine site

With every week bringing more news of ‘unprecedented’, ‘record-breaking’ and extreme weather events around the world, it is absolutely clear that this is no time for a new coal mine.

Representatives of the Weald Action Group are travelling to Cumbria on Saturday 9 September to join a Speakers’ Corner event against the proposed new coal mine in Whitehaven. This is a regular event organised by Friends of the Earth Cumbria and others to demonstrate opposition to the UK’s first new deep coal mine for 30 years.

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Whitehaven coal mine: hearing postponed until Supreme Court judgment on Horse Hill case is delivered

Press release from Friends of the Earth

  • A legal challenge over Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove’s approval of the mine in Whitehaven, Cumbria, was scheduled to take place this October .
  • It will now follow once the Supreme Court has handed down its judgment on a landmark case over the decision to allow oil drilling at Horse Hill in Surrey.
  • If successful, the Horse Hill challenge could set a precedent for decisions on approving fossil fuel developments – including the Whitehaven mine.

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Supreme Court to hear challenge to planning permission for oil production at Horse Hill, Surrey

The hearing on 21 and 22 June will be livestreamed. Watch on: https://www.supremecourt.uk/live/court-02.html

Press release from Leigh Day solicitors

Campaigner Sarah Finch has a Supreme Court hearing on 21 and 22 June in her fight against Surrey County Council’s decision to grant planning permission for oil production at Horse Hill, near to Gatwick Airport.

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Campaigners challenge Dunsfold gas decision in the High Court, Thursday, 8 June

From a press release from Extinction Rebellion

A judicial review which seeks to overturn a government decision to allow gas drilling at Dunsfold will be held in the High Court on Thursday 8 June.

The challenge is brought by campaign group Protect Dunsfold – supported by the Good Law Project – and Waverley Borough Council.

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