Ashworth added: #8220;The county council has a legal obligation to decide on planning applications about fracking in Derbyshire.
INEOS will have to gain planning permission through a number of stages, the first of which will involve building a drilling rig to find out how much gas is in the shale. The second will test fracking to see how the gas flows and the third will involve applying for permission to establish a full-time fracking operation at the site.
Energy company INEOS is seeking permission to explore shale gas reserves in North East Derbyshire.
#8220;Our planning committee considers each planning application on its individual merits and is impartial. As with any other planning application, each planning decision it makes is based on objective analysis of evidence, taking into account local and national planning policies and the relevant comments of official consultees − such as parish councils − and the public.#8221;
Derbyshire County Council revealed drilling could take place on privately-owned land off Bramleymoor Lane between the villages of Apperknowle and Marsh Lane, near Eckington.
Mike Ashworth, the authority#8217;s strategic director for economy, transport and communities, said: #8220;If INEOS applies for planning permission to carry out further investigations at this site it would be the first application of its kind in Derbyshire.#8221;