Plans for oil and gas well near Fernhurst village centre
Following their original outline (12MB PDF file, published in summer 2013), Celtique Energie submitted a full planning application (ref: SDNP/13/05896/CM) for an exploration well close to Fernhurst village centre, in Nine Acre Copse. Local opposition to the plans, expected to lead to controversial hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' in Fernhurst, includes the Frack Free Fernhurst website and their Facebook page. Update, 11 September 2014:South Downs NP authority refuses planning permission and reports that the overwhelming majority of villagers object strongly to the plans.
Ex Syngenta site development plans: See an architect's sketch (370 KB), published in Jan 2011, showing one idea for developing the site. Update: September 2013 planning application no. SDNP/13/04644/DCOUPN
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The Society arose out of the work undertaken by villagers
to produce the Fernhurst Village Design Statement. Adopted by Chichester District Council in 2000, the Statement provides guidelines for future
building developments in the area.