£2.4m awarded for Isle of Wight’s ‘trail-blazing sustainable community’ development at Branstone

Aerial view of the development from the South West

Scheme includes innovative proposals to provide homes and jobs as part of a sustainable community on the site of the former Branstone Farm Studies Centre, near Arreton. Details within

Tuesday, 4th August, 2020 2:37pm

By IW Council Press Office with 10 readers' comments

Environment Agency and Isle of Wight AONB: No objection to oil drilling application (updated)

arreton drilling ukog

Environment Agency and AONB planning officer have submitted their comments on the application for an exploratory oil well pad on the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 10:24am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Letter: Defer UKOG oil exploration planning application

arreton drilling ukog

Alison Goodchild believes the UKOG planning application for oil exploration has been submitted under cover of a global pandemic and calls for it to be deferred

Friday, 24th July, 2020 9:05am

By Alison Goodchild with 7 readers' comments

Letter claims Isle of Wight MP told UKOG he wouldn’t object to their drilling application (updated)

Bob Seely in Parliament

UKOG wants to drill for oil in Arreton. Bob Seely recently announced that he’d put in an objection to their planning application. This letter (shown in full) claims he met them in Westminster in Aug 2019 and told them he wouldn’t object. MP refutes the claims

Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 12:34pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight anti oil-drilling campaigners gain national support

zoom meeting of dont drill the wight

Anti-oil drilling campaigners on the Isle of Wight received national support during an online meeting last night, with advice and encouragement from successful challenges against fossil fuel exploration in the North of England

Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020 10:56am

By Vix Lowthion with 24 readers' comments

Oil drilling application runs counter to Isle of Wight Biosphere aims, says AONB head

jonathan bacon

The Chair of the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has submitted an objection to UKOG's planning application for an oil drilling well in Arreton. You can have your say on the planning Website

Monday, 20th July, 2020 8:26pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council can’t give extra promotion of oil drilling application, says leader

Environmentalists painted No oil wells on the Wight on the Ventnor Paddling Pool

The Isle of Wight council was asked what it would be doing to encourage public engagement before the deadline for the planning application

Wednesday, 15th July, 2020 5:32pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Oil drilling plans are ‘entirely inappropriate for the Isle of Wight’ says MP: Read his objection in full

bob seely in parliament

Bob Seely MP has set out a range of objections to the plans for oil drilling on the Isle of Wight, which he states would be entirely inappropriate for the Island. Read them in full here

Wednesday, 15th July, 2020 9:15am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 7 readers' comments

Parish council set out a range of objections to UKOG’s oil drilling plans in Arreton (updated)

Arreton PC Censored

Concerns about what would happen if UKOG do find oil; discrepancies in planning documents; issues with water; traffic and dangerous roads were all raised at the parish council meeting

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 8:29am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Oil drilling consultation during pandemic is ‘an attack on our very democracy’ says councillor

Don't Drill the Wight banner in entrance to Arreton

Campaigners say the entire process is being left to virtual meetings and social media - "and yet will determine the future of acres of countryside at the heart of the Isle of Wight for twenty years or more"

Friday, 3rd July, 2020 8:51am

By Don’t Drill the Wight with 5 readers' comments

UKOG planning application in Surrey rejected by council: Shares nose-dive within minutes

ukog share price dive

At the Surrey County Council planning meeting today (Monday), the application was rejected six votes to five and UKOG's share price dived within minutes.

Monday, 29th June, 2020 5:51pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Don’t Drill the Wight Campaign launches with Islanders urged to have their say

Don't Drill The Wight campaign launch

The Don't Drill the Wight campaign was launched on Saturday to an audience of around 50 people in Merstone

Monday, 29th June, 2020 3:12pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments