Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton

Minerals and Waste Local Plan:
Adopted December 1998

Oil and Gas

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Alternative Aggregates

Secondary Aggregates

5. Meeting the Need for Minerals

Marine-Dredged Sand And Gravel

Chalk

Geology

Crushed Rock

Clay

Sand And Gravel

Secondary Or Substitute Aggregate Materials

Borrow Pits

Chalk

Aggregates Supply

Oil And Gas

Clay

Preferred Areas For Sand And Gravel Extraction

Minerals Processing And Manufacturing Plant

Borrow Pits

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Mineral Exploration

Oil And Gas

Aggregates Wharves And Depots

 

5.67 Detailed policies for oil and gas exploration and production were set out in the County Council's 1987 publication 'Oil in Hampshire'. Those policies have now been reviewed and included in an amended form in this Plan.

5.68 County Structure Plan Policy MW8 states that permission will normally be granted for development in connection with the appraisal, production, processing or transportation of oil or gas provided certain criteria are met. However, Policy MW4 of the County Structure Plan states that within the New Forest Heritage Area permission will not normally be granted for development in connection with exploration for, or appraisal, production, processing or transportation of oil or gas. The County Council considers that there are likely to be particular problems in respect of any proposals for oil or gas development within the New Forest Heritage Area because of its nature conservation and landscape importance and that there should therefore be a strong presumption against such development in that area. Where it would be feasible to reach oil or gas resources beneath the New Forest Heritage Area by deviated drilling from sites outside the Heritage Area, the County Council would in principle consider this preferable to the establishment of drilling sites within the Heritage Area.

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