Strategic Planning

Oil and Gas development in Hampshire

Oil and gas are important mineral resources and primary resources of energy in the United Kingdom. Oil and gas includes both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons. Hampshire has a number of areas of conventional onshore oil and gas production which are the result of considerable exploration activity in the last 30 years. There are currently three active oil field located in the County. There is currently no unconventional oil or gas development in Hampshire.

The Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan (2013)  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 181MB includes a policy specifically on oil and gas development (Policy 24: Oil and gas development). This policy, alongside all other relevant policies in the HMWP (e.g. policies on protecting health, safety and amenity and managing traffic) will be used to judge any proposals for conventional or unconventional oil and gas development in Hampshire.

Following the adoption of the HMWP, the issue of unconventional oil and gas has emerged as an issue of great interest to Hampshire's communities. This is particularly in relation to the potential for unconventional shale oil and gas extraction and associated hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) to take place in Hampshire.

In response to this, a frequently asked question document has been produced on On-shore Oil & Gas FAQs  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB

Oil and gas development in Hampshire event (June 2014)

There has been a significant uptake in interest on issues associated with oil and gas development, particularly in relation to the potential for unconventional shale oil and gas extraction and associated hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) to take place in Hampshire.

In response to the interest in this issue, the Hampshire Authorities (Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and the New Forest National Park Authority) held an event on ‘Oil and Gas Development in Hampshire’ on 5 June 2014. The purpose of the event was to disseminate information regarding oil and gas development in Hampshire and to discuss the issues associated with these activities.

A wide and varied mixture of delegates were invited to the event including elected members, District and Borough Councils, other minerals planning authorities, Parish and Town Councils, regulators operators, associated industry, local interest groups and environmental organisations

The day included a range of presentations, question and answer sessions and round table discussions about what the main issues, concerns and opportunities which may be associated with oil and gas development.

The agenda for the event and delegate list is available to view below:

The presentations from the event are available to view below:

Following the event, the Hampshire Authorities published a Summary Report  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 4MB which sets out the main issues, themes and topics discussed on the day. The report also sets out the events main outcomes and recommendations. Further to the publication of the Summary Report, the Health and Safety Executive has provided an update on the number of HSE inspectors  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 54kB.

Oil and gas development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Hampshire Authorities considered the recommendations outlined in the summary report prepared after the Oil and Gas Development in Hampshire event, in particular the preparation of a supplementary planning document and agreed to commence work on the preparation of a SPD. This document will sit alongside the adopted Plan, once it has been adopted, assisting in the implementation of the HMWP by providing further guidance on the implementation of the plan’s policies in relation to oil and gas.

Hampshire's communities, oil and gas operators and other interested parties have the opportunity to influence the development of guidance for oil and gas development in Hampshire through a public consultation. All those who have asked to be informed of minerals and waste planning policy work in the past have been notified about tthis consultation.

It is important to note that the guidance will not be a Development Plan Document (a Local Plan) and it will not include further policies for oil and gas development in Hampshire. It will merely provide guidance on the implementation of the HMWP polices in relation to this issue.

More information on the timetable for the delivery of this document can be found in the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Development Scheme and included on this webpage as it becomes available.