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View planning application details for all county council applications and minerals and waste developments on our online planning register.

Our online planning register allows you to:

  • search our database and monitor the progress of applications through the planning system;
  • view records of applications we have determined including the decision notices; and
  • submit comments on current applications.

Access the online planning register

To submit comments on current applications, find the planning application you're interested in, then select the "neighbours" tab. You should then see the option to comment near the top.

Important note - representations from private individuals will not be uploaded to North Yorkshire County Council via the online planning register. However, open letters from campaign/action groups or private individuals who expressly wish for their representations to be made available to view on the online planning register will be uploaded, except where template/pro forma letters are used, in which case only one example of each template/pro forma letter will be uploaded.


High Court decision

The High Court handed down judgement today (20 December) following the judicial review of the application by Third Energy to undertake fracking for shale gas in the vicinity of Kirby Misperton. The county council's response to the ruling can be read below.

Planning meeting decision

North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee has given the go-ahead for Third Energy to undertake fracking for shale gas in the vicinity of Kirby Misperton. An official statement is available here.

Background to the meeting

North Yorkshire County Council has processed a planning application relating to testing for shale gas at an existing well site near Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire and ultimately producing gas from that well.

The County Council's planning committee considered the application on Friday, 20 May and on Monday, 23 May. The committee meeting was held at County Hall, Northallerton, at 9.30am. You can view the agenda and report for the meeting here.

Live stream of the meeting

The meeting was live-streamed on YouTube below on Friday, 20 May and on Monday, 23 May, and the progress of the meeting was updated via Twitter @northyorkscc using the hashtag #nyshale.

Recordings of the meeting can be viewed at the foot of the page.

Running of the meeting

The County Council recognised there was likely to be significant public interest in the committee meeting, so made all necessary arrangements to ensure the meeting was managed safely and effectively. On Friday, 20 May, the committee heard from speakers opposing the application. On Monday 23 May, it heard from the remaining speakers opposing the application and from those in support of the application. The meeting then covered responses to any new issues raised from public speakers and a presentation of the officer report to the committee. Members then questioned, considered and deliberated on what they had heard before coming to a decision.

As there was limited access to County Hall, the meeting was relayed to a number of meeting rooms for pre-registered ticket holders as well as an audio relay outside the building.

Application background

The County Council's report about the application followed thorough consideration of detailed information provided by the applicant, along with responses from statutory consultees and more than 4,000 representations. Formal consultations took place concerning this application. All external organisations and our internal departments were consulted. You can view their responses on the online planning register, under the consultations tab. The full responses are also posted in the documents section.

A formal committee site visit to the Third Energy UK Gas Ltd KM8 well site at Kirby Misperton took place on 17 May following a regular meeting of the Planning and Regulatory Functions Committee.

Members and substitute members of the Planning and Regulatory Functions Committee received training in relation to the application. The presentations can be found on the online planning register, under the documents tab on pages 51 and 52.

Viewing documents

You can view all documents relating to this application by going to the online planning register.

The maps below show the application site in a local and county context.

Video recording of the meeting from Friday 20 May 2016

As well as being broadcast live on the day, the videos from the meeting on Friday 20 May are available to view below.



Video recording of the meeting from Monday 23 May 2016

As well as being broadcast live on the day, the videos from the meeting on Monday 23 May are available to view below.



Published: 23 May 2016

North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee has given the go-ahead for Third Energy to undertake fracking for shale gas in the vicinity of Kirby Misperton.

The committee sat for two days on 20 and 23 May and listened to more than 100 speakers before deliberating the planning officer's report and recommendation to accept Third Energy's application. This has been a long and taxing process which the committee has undertaken with very careful consideration of all the issues raised. 

This decision was a single decision on a single site in North Yorkshire which already has existing conventional drilling for gas on it. 

The planning committee was satisfied that in this particular application mitigation of the effects of the development with regard to safeguarding the natural environment, protected species and habitats, the amenity of local residents, the protection of ground and surface water quality and traffic management can be achieved through the discharge of the planning conditions.

The County Council is very aware that this is a controversial proposal of major sensitivity and complexity and that many objections have been expressed about significant and adverse impacts upon the environment and upon climate change.  

The Council is proud that North Yorkshire is a beautiful place to live in, to work in and to visit and is determined that it will remain so.  This decision does not change that fact.

Local councils are required to work within the national policy framework that indigenous oil and gas remain key to energy security while facilitating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This must be a material consideration, as is the need for economic growth and development that will provide jobs and sustainable communities. 

Nevertheless, North Yorkshire did not choose to be the first authority to make a decision on fracking within this policy framework.

The local circumstances associated with each application remain the overriding factor in planning decision-making.  The County Council planning committee has come to a decision, therefore, based on the particulars of this site. This decision does not have a bearing on future applications.

"This has been a very difficult decision for the Council to make and we know it is a difficult decision for the people of this county," said Richard Flinton, North Yorkshire County Council's chief executive. "We are proud of our beautiful county, which attracts so many visitors and maintains a thriving tourism industry. We have no intention of jeopardising those qualities and our rural industries and livelihoods. For that reason, the planning conditions must be fully discharged and monitored. In this case, there has already been drilling for gas on this site over many years. The decision taken today does not have a bearing on future decisions. Each application of this nature will be decided upon based on its own merits."

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