Cuadrilla Application – Meeting

At the Planning Meeting on Wednesday 29 November Balcombe Parish Council unanimously agreed to object to the Cuadrilla application to Flow Test the well at Lower Stumble.

Please click on the link below to see the final document submitted to West Sussex County Council :-

BPC Cuadrilla Objection Nov 2017


Cuadrilla have applied for planning permission to flow test the well they drilled in 2013. As a village, we voted in 2014 that we did not want them back here. So, as a statutory consultee, the Parish Council is preparing an objection to this application. We urge you to do the same if you do not want Cuadrilla to return. Objections have to be in to the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) by 30th November 2017. To respond online follow the link to the WSCC website. Once there, click ‘Online Representation Form’ which is at the top of the screen.



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Balcombe Parish Council Response

Herewith the Balcombe Parish Council response to the Mid Sussex District Plan – Main Modifications Consultation.    Please click on the link:-

BPC Response District Plan Main Modifications Consultation Nov 17

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Cuadrilla Application October 2017



Application Number:   WSCC/040/17/BA

Location:                       Lower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration Site, London Road,    Balcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6JH

Proposal:                       Temporary permission for exploration and appraisal comprising the flow testing and monitoring of the existing hydrocarbon lateral borehole along with site security fencing, the provision of an enclosed testing flare and site restoration

Applicant:                     Cuadrilla Resources Limited

Grid Reference:            531022 129238

To be determined by:  27 January 2018

Please click the following link to view this planning application online.

Should you wish to comment, please do so by 17 November 2017 with your observations.




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Cuadrilla – Lower Stumble Update

Cuadrilla has prepared a new planning application which will be submitted to West Sussex County Council next week.    The new application will cover the same scope of work as the previous planning permission (May 2014): to flow test the existing well, plugging the well with cement and fully restoring the site.

Please click on the link below to view the letter sent by Cuadrilla to Balcombe residents.

Cuadrilla Residents’ Letter Oct 17

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The District Plan

Mid Sussex District Council is now consulting on its proposed ‘Main Modifications’ to the emerging District Plan.
Main Modifications are changes to the plan that the Inspector considers are necessary to make the plan legally compliant. At the last Hearing held by the Government’s independent Planning Inspector into the District Plan in July, Inspector Bore indicated that he was content that all issues raised had been fully debated. While he was satisfied that MSDC could demonstrate that it had a five-year Housing Land supply, he asked the Council to look at a number of options to make the supply stronger.
MSDC has now explored a range of options and has proposed a further strategic allocation at Hassocks for an additional 500 homes, including affordable housing. This includes a primary school and associated infrastructure improvements.
Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said, “An agreed District Plan, with a five-year rolling housing supply, means that we are significantly less vulnerable to developers pursuing speculative developments. Finding larger sites means we stand a better chance of delivering affordable housing and securing investments in roads, schools and leisure facilities that we know communities need. We will do all we can to ensure that these strategic sites also contribute to improving infrastructure and facilities for local people”.
The consultation period runs between Monday 2 October and Monday 13 November 2017. During this period comments are invited on the Main Modifications only. Further information can be found at
All comments will be sent to the Planning Inspector for his consideration. It is anticipated that his report into whether MSDC can adopt the Plan will be received in December. The Council hopes to adopt the Plan by January 2018, when its policies will have full weight in the determination of planning applications.

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Casual Vacancy


One vacancy has been created due to the resignation of Councillor Neil Lindsay-Stewart.    Balcombe Parish Council will be filling this vacancy by co-option and electors are invited to apply for the position in writing to the Clerk at the address below submitting a CV of no more than one A4 side.   Candidates must

[a] Be aged 18 years or over and included in the Electoral Register

[b] A British subject or a Euro national

[c] Resides in the Parish or within 3 miles of its boundary


[d] Occupies land or property within the Parish


[e] Has his/her principal place of work within the Parish

Prospective candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the disqualification restrictions under Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 relating to Bankruptcy Restrictions Orders and Criminal Convictions carrying a sentence of more than 3 months imprisonment, without the option of a fine.

The closing dates for applications will be 19 October 2017

Mrs R. Robertson, Gleddoch House, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe West Sussex RH17 6LG or email

Hereby signed by the Proper Officer of Balcombe Parish Council

Rosemary Robertson 21 September 2017


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Environmental Permit application for Lower Stumble Farm Hydrocarbon Exploration Site, Balcombe, West Sussex RH17 6JH

Please click on the links below to see the Briefing Notes and Balcombe Parish Council’s response:-

Cuadrilla Balcombe environmental permit application 2017

Parish Council EA objection with attachments 25-04-17

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