Marsh Lane update – URGENT ACTION NEEDED


It’s been a while since the last post, and things have moved on, though a final date has not been set for the original INEOS planning application, due to the time taken to process the 4000+ objections to the application submitted to Derbyshire County Council (DCC) last year.

INEOS have since then decided to have a two pronged attack. Firstly, they referred the original application to the Planning Inspectorate (PI), an independent body who will decide on whether INEOS can try to drill an exploratory well at Marsh Lane, or whether they agree with all those people who wrote in, in that it is a wholly unsuitable place to be drilling in any way. This will be done via public inquiry.

Then, INEOS submitted another planning application to DCC for the same site. This application will probably be substantially the same as the previous one, but most likely has been altered in some way to reflect their responses submitted back in December with regard to DCC’s consulation.

Therefore, you need to do two things as soon as possible, and encourage as many people as you can to do the same.

  • Firstly, if you kept a copy of your original objection, then submit it to the Planning Inspectorate before the 2nd February. This can be done online here:…. Just click on the box “Make Representation” at the top-right of the page and then follow the instructions. It’s very easy to use. Alternatively, you may wish to send in your objections by post (3 copies are required): Leanne Palmer, The Planning Inspectorate, Major Casework, 3/0 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN. According to the website, the closing date for representations is 2nd February at the latest. Please remember to clearly state the Case Number APP/U1050/W/17/3190838, and the site address (Land off Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, Eckington, Derbyshire)


  • Secondly, please submit your objection again to Derbyshire County Council, but this time, writing to object to the new application (CM4/1217/72). There is no date set yet for this application, but it is likely to be 21 days after the statutory publication of the Notice of Application in the Derbyshire Times. Keep an eye out on the DCC webpage for details:…/applicatio…/app-details.asp… For all of us who filed objections to the first application, there is no reason why we should not re-submit the same identical objections to this second application. If you didn’t keep a copy, don’t worry, you can use the objections on the grounds of access, light pollution, noise, air pollution, traffic etc on the previous post, but make sure you don’t use that particular application number, or any of the links relating to the 2017 application. The post can be found by scrolling below, or here: . You can pick and choose which bits you want to use, and you can of course send in multiple objections, one per point, if that’s how you would prefer it.

It is really important that you send in your objections – if we don’t get our objections in, it increases the possibility that the second Application might be granted; in which case, INEOS might even withdraw their appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, thus denying us a full Public Enquiry.  Please also speak to as many people as possible, and get them to send their objections in.

You can send in objections by email to: or by post to: Planning Dept, Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG.

All objections must quote “Planning Application in respect of land adjacent to Bramleymoor Lane, near Marsh Lane” and the Application number which is CM4/1217/72. As before, you must also start your letter or email by saying you wish to object to the Application, and conclude by saying that you ask the Council to reject this Application.

I will update this post with dates as they become available.

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