More than 60% of the UK is already potentially licensed.

About 32,000 square miles of Britain are believed to have potential for shale development, with the biggest concentrations of wells expected to be in Lancashire and the Sussex Weald.

The frack dealers that run this country are forcing through a swathe of drilling licenses that will affect every single one of us - potentially causing irrevocable damage to our health and our wild ecology. Are we really going to let them get away with it?


Visit the WSCC website for status updates WSCC have granted planning permission for a number of exploratory drilling operations and oil production sites, subject to conditions, and have a number of current applications awaiting determination:

Permitted sites are:

  • Balcombe: Lower Stumble Wood, London Road, Balcombe, RH17 6JH – temporary planning permission for 6 months’ exploration/appraisal by flow testing, to be started within 3 years (WSCC/005/14/BA).
  • Broadford Bridge: Wood Barn Farm, Adversane Lane, Broadford Bridge, Billingshurst, RH14 9EB – planning permission for hydrocarbon (oil and gas) exploration for 3 years from the date of construction commencing (WSCC/052/12/WC).
  • Lidsey: Lidsey Road, Aldingbourne, PO22 9PL – planning permission for oil production until 20 February 2018 (BN/31/05).
  • Markwells Wood: South Holt Farm, Dean Lane End, Forestside, Rowlands Castle, PO9 6EL – planning permission for oil/gas exploration to 31 March 2015 (SDNP/13/01347/CND). The South Downs National Park Authority will deal with any future applications at this site.
  • Singleton: Singleton Forest, Chichester, PO18 0HH – planning permission for oil production to 31 December 2016 (SE/2561/08). The South Downs National Park Authority will deal with any future applications at this site.
  • Storrington: Pulborough Road, Cootham, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4HP – planning permission for oil production until 31 December 2017 (WSCC/050/13/SR).

Current applications are:

  • Wisborough Green: Land south of Boxal Bridge, Wisborough Green, RH14 0DD – application for drilling of vertical and horizontal borehole for hydrocarbon exploration (see WSCC/083/13/KD for details).
  • Fernhurst:Nine Acre Copse, Vann Road, Linchmere – application for drilling of vertical borehole for hydrocarbon exploration (SDNP/13/06896/CM). The South Downs National Park Authority is dealing with this application.

Local residents in Kirdford and Wisborough Green have received a letter from Celtique Energie, in the hope that their revised planning details would be more acceptable.... REALLY?? If this planning application is approved by West Sussex County Council, it will be an endorsement of ecocide by representatives who are meant to protect us and our environment.

This links to an interactive map showing seismic data and previously drilled sites throughout the UK....

The Celtique application at Fernhurst, in the South Downs National Park (!!!) is live and you can now object.

Lower stumble exploration site, nr Balcombe, Cuadrilla, (granted)

Wood barn farm exploration site, nr Horsham, Celtique Energie (granted)

Land south of Boxal Bridge exploration site, nr Kirdford and Wisborough Green, Celtique Energie (awaiting decision)

Nine Acre Copse exploration site, nr Fernhurst, Celtique Energie (pre-planning)

There are some additional existing conventional sites in West Sussex which we are keeping an eye on too:

Lidsey (near Bognor Regis)
Singleton (Goodwood)

Just to confirm, the site 'Wood Barn Farm', Broadford Bridge, Adversane  comes under Horsham District Council, but is near Billingshurst / West Chiltington.

The site at Washington ( 'J' on attached map ) also needs investigation as it is currently marked as 'Confidential' … what does this mean?!


Additionally, there are sites all over East and West Sussex which were explored in the 1980s (like Balcombe) and these can be found here:

These figures are based on what the various companies have promised their shareholders in returns.