The Community Council received the following advice from the Scottish Government’s Department for Planning & Environmental Appeals today in relation to the Dart Energy planning applications:
“Our refs: PPA-240-2032 & PPA-390-2029
6 February 2015
PLANNING PERMISSION APPEALS: LAND LOCATED 230M SOUTH OF POWDRAKE FARMHOUSE, POWDRAKE ROAD, NEAR AIRTH, PLEAN AND LETHAM MOSS, FALKIRK
I refer to the announcement made in the Scottish Parliament on 28 January 2015 by Mr Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, that there is to be a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland while further research and a public consultation is carried out. The moratorium is to continue until work including a full public health assessment, and a review of current planning guidance and environmental guidance, is complete.
Having regard to the announcement and to the fact that it is likely that further procedure will be required in these appeals in order to consider the outcome of the assessment and review and any other relevant matters that may arise before the moratorium comes to an end, the reporters will suspend work on their report to Ministers and the appeals will be sisted to await the outcome of that process.”