A gas company has been granted permission to bring a case to the High Court to determine whether it should be allowed to conduct seismic tests at National Trust property Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

The petrochemical company INEOS wishes to carry out the surveys at the Grade I listed park, which is visited by over 500,000 people every year and is a site of special scientific interest. The National Trust has continued to resist the proposals, as it says INEOS hasn’t followed the proper planning process, or fully considered the potential environmental impact of the plans.

INEOS says legal action is a last resort, and the ‘non-intrusive’ surveys they wish to undertake are both routine and necessary across the UK, including on National Trust land.

Eleanor Rattay is a Partner and Solicitor specialising in Commercial Property at BHW Solicitors. She can be contacted on 0116 281 6224 or email eleanor.rattay@bhwsolicitors.com.

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