Fracking proposals near Marsh Lane

Many local residents are rightly concerned regarding the proposed commencement of fracking activities off Bramleymoor Lane, near Marsh Lane in the constituency.

Fracking is a new technology for the United Kingdom and has not yet been successfully used at scale in this country.  The proposals from Ineos are to undertake, initially, exploratory works which, if successful, would eventually lead to fracking at Bramleymoor Lane.  The activities would take place on agricultural land and would see the erection of a 60m rig which would drill to around 2,400m into the ground.

During the election campaign I committed to oppose this application and now I am your Member of Parliament I will work with local residents to do just that.  The strength of feeling amongst local residents against these proposals is clear and unambiguous: they are rightly concerned regarding the potential impact on the area, the detrimental effect of increased lorries and HGVs on local roads, among a number of other reasons.

Status of the Exploratory Drilling Planning Application

The formal consultation process for exploratory drilling has now closed and we are awaiting a date for when the decision-making Planning Committee will be held.  Officers at the County Council will now review all of the submissions received and then will produce a report for those Councillors with a recommendation.  It will be for those Councillors to approve or reject the application.

Planning is a quasi-judicial process and so the Councillors on that committee must make a decision based upon the relevant planning policies (in this case the Derbyshire Minerals Policy, the Saved Policies of North East Derbyshire District Council and the Emerging Local Plan of North East Derbyshire, alongside the National Planning Policy Framework).  

We will let you know as soon as the date is set for the planning committee.

My Objection

I have submitted my own objection to the application for Bramleymoor Lane.  A pdf copy can be found below.  I have also placed a copy of it on my blog - click on "Lee's Blog" in the menu above.

Get In Touch

If you are a local resident and would like to discuss this more, please do not hesitate to contact me at

More Background Information

You can find more information at the Eckington Against Fracking website:

You can find details of what Ineos is proposing to do here:

Derbyshire County Council also have extensive information regarding fracking:… 




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