Anger at drilling decision in Surrey countryside

Barry White

The government has approved plans to drill for gas near an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Surrey countryside, provoking “fury and despair” from environmentalists, residents and the local MP Jeremy Hunt. Housing minister Stuart Andrew overruled local councils (including Surrey County Council), to agree drilling at Loxley well near Dunsfold (pictured), a 13th century village close to the A281 between Guildford (Surrey) and Horsham in West Sussex. Campaigners said the decision “makes a mockery” of government claims to be taking the climate crisis seriously and warned it would irreversibly damage the area.

The site is in the South West Surrey constituency of former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who criticised the decision as “bitterly disappointing and wrong both economically and environmentally”.

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