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Summary

  1. North Yorkshire County Council have approved Third Energy's application to frack near Kirby Misperton
  2. Live updates on Monday 23 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Fracking approved: The story so far

Here's our first report on today's meeting and this evening's decision.

You can read it here.

That's the end of today's live coverage.

We'll have more reaction to today's decision including reaction and what next for North Yorkshire on Tuesday.

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Sadness - but defiance

The Yorkshire Post's James Reed has also been covering the meeting.

Here's his video from outside the council offices in Northallerton.

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Police warning after decision

The police have taken to Twitter to re-issue a warning about behaviour linked to the fracking meeting.

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There you have it

The council have tweeted the official result.

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Application granted

The vote has been passed by seven votes to four in favour of fracking.

Point-by-point discussion

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Now speaking is Councillor Robert Packham.

He says he is not able to say "hand on heart" that potential risks have been addressed to point where he feels planning permission can be granted.

Robert Packham
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Ryedale fracking meeting: Application to be approved is seconded

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Ryedale fracking meeting: Applause - then a telling off

Councillor Blackie says the application is "a shot in the dark" and sees no reason why North Yorkshire should be a "guinea pig".

There's a smattering of applause with the chair telling those clapping: "We don't have clapping in these meetings."

Ryedale fracking meeting: Job queries

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Councillor Blackie says there is "no evidence" in the report that fracking would bring jobs to the area.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Economic concerns

Councillor Blackie continues to speak about what he believes the effects of fracking could be.

He says that a reputation for tourism takes years to earn "but can be lost overnight" if the application gets the go-ahead.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Crowd reaction

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

This was the scene outside as Councillor Blackie made his points against the application and report.

"We have been far too easily satisfied."

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Ryedale fracking meeting: Report under scrutiny

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Councillor John Blackie is now speaking on the application.

He says the council report relies too much on the applicant's evidence - more so than any other occasion in the last 20 years.

He also says none of Third Energy's 20 years of gas extraction in the area have involved fracking - until now.

Rydale fracking meeting: 'No sustainable reason' to turn the application down

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Long speech from Councillor Heseltine asking questions about specialist agencies if their views are sound.

He says he can find no sustainable reason to not support the application.

The boos outside from protesters are audible in the hall

Ryedale fracking meeting: More questions

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Councillor Lee asks if flow back fluid ends in a ditch could it get into surface water? A planning officer says understanding is valves on site capture it.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Question over flooding in proposed fracking area

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Councillor Lee asks if the proposed KM8 fracking site in Kiby Misperton is in a flood zone. 

The planning officer says it isn't as it is an elevated area.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Planning officer apologises over omission

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Councillor Blackie now asks why the impact of fracking on the local economy is not mentioned in the North Yorkshire County Council planners' report into plans to start fracking near Kirby Misperton?

The planning officer says it's an omission on her part and says she's sorry.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Protests continue as decision draws closer

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

It's very noisy outside County Hall in Northallerton as councillors continue their question and answer session about the proposal to start fracking in Ryedale

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Ryedale fracking meeting: Question over legal precedent

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Councillor Blades asks for legal take on setting a precedent on the decision due to be taken today.

Council QC says other plans would be looked at on merit.

Councillor Blades asks if house price reduction is a civil matter?

Yes, says the legal team - it's not a planning matter.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Councillors get chance to ask questions

Ryedale fracking meeting takes much-needed 15-minute break

Ryedale fracking meeting: Council planners recommend go-ahead to Kirkby Misperton plans

North Yorkshire County Council planning officer Vicky Perkin has now finished her presentation after about two-and-a-half hours.

The summary is that the county's planners recommend that councillors give the go-ahead to proposals by Third Energy to fracking at a site near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.

There'll now be a break of about 15 minutes - "to let Vicky get her breath back", as the chairman says - before she'll face questions from councillors and they come to their final decision.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Objectors remain at County Hall as decision draws nearer

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

As planning officer Vicky Perkin outlines Third Energy's noise management plan, to councillors inside County Hall and indicates her understanding that "air quality, ground water and noise will continue to be monitored', a number of protestors against fracking remain outside, awaiting a decision later this evening.

Protestors
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Ryedale fracking meeting: Traffic assessment presented to councillors

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

North Yorkshire County Council planning committee members have also seen details of a "traffic management assessment" for HGVs using the proposed well at Kirby Misperton.

Traffic assessment
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Fracking meeting latest: An image of the future?

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Councillors are continuing to listen to North Yorkshire planning officer Vicky Perkin's presentation at County Hall as they meet to decide on plans to start fracking in Ryedale.

They've been told bird nest boxes and bat boxes would be provided by Third Energy.

They've also been shown slides of how the local landscape would be affected.

This is what they were told the view on Habton Road would be if work begins at Kirby Misperton.

Planning slide
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Fracking consequences: For and against and who wants what

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Look North

Today is not just about one little corner of North Yorkshire. The decision made by North Yorkshire County Council could fire the starting gun on hydraulic fracturing across the country.

The government and industry want this to go ahead, both for energy security but also for the economic benefits and job creation it could bring.

Those opposed question all those purported benefits and cite concerns about water and air contamination, earthquakes and the industrialisation of rural England.

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Those giving testimony against have stressed Ryedale's reliance on food, farming and tourism. They've expressed a fear all of those would be harmed by allowing the process to go ahead.

This is a decision of national significance but the planning committee must set that aside and judge this application on its individual merits.

This site is already an existing well site. It is just a test. Even if it's successful, it could have far reaching consequences.

Watch: Kirby Misperton fracking meeting live

Councillors in North Yorkshire are meeting again today to continue considering plans to start fracking on a site near Kirby Misperton.

The County Council's planning committee is meeting in Northallerton and is currently hearing a somewhat technical presentation from the authority's planning officer Vicky Perkin.

You can view the agenda and the report for the meeting here and you can watch proceedings as they happen right here:

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Watch: 'Shame on you' - Protestors' response to B&B owner's question

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Ryedale B&B owner Lorraine Allinson provoked an angry response from fracking objectors at County Hall in Northallerton earlier.

It came after she questioned how many of the protestors are actually from North Yorkshire.

This was the response from outside:

Nation's media present for Ryedale fracking decision

Back to our main story now: councillors meeting in Northallerton to decide whether to give the green light to fracking plans in Kirby Misperton.

The fracking issue in North Yorkshire isn't just of interest within the county itself. It seems it's attracting nationwide media attention:

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BreakingEasingwold peanut death: Restaurant owner sentenced to six years in jail

Leaving the fracking decision meeting for a moment, we have the latest on a story we mentioned earlier.

A North Yorkshire restaurant owner found guilty of manslaughter after a customer died from an allergic reaction to peanuts has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Mohamed
North Yorkshire Police

A jury found Mohammed Zaman, 53, of Aylesham Court, Huntington, guilty earlier today after a trial at Teesside Crown Court. 

Paul Wilson, 38, suffered a severe reaction after buying a curry from the Indian Garden in Easingwold.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Planning officer continues presentation

Ryedale fracking meeting: See the plans and report for yourself

Vicky Perkin, North Yorkshire County Council's planning officer, is continuing to go through her report to councillors which recommends proposals for fracking in Ryedale should go ahead.

Councillors are due to make a final decision on the plans by Third Energy later this evening, after hearing two days of pro- and anti-fracking views at a meeting at County Hall.

You can view the meeting's agenda and the report for the meeting here.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Third Energy's application scrutinised

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

North Yorkshire County Council's planning officer Vicky Perkin is now presenting her report to the meeting to decide on proposals to start fracking at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.

We're told to expect photos.

Ms Perkin is now going through Third Energy's application.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Planning officer now speaking

Watch: Kirby Misperton fracking meeting live

Councillors in North Yorkshire are meeting again today to continue considering plans to start fracking on a site near Kirby Misperton.

The County Council's planning committee is meeting at County Hall in Northallerton

You can view the agenda and the report for the meeting here and you can watch proceedings as they happen right here:

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Ryedale fracking meeting: Protests continue outside County Hall

Protestors remain outside County Hall in Northallerton as the meeting to decide whether fracking in Ryedale should get the go-ahead continues.

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'Objectors' 'negative' campaigning will damage tourism more than fracking' - Third Energy CEO

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Just before the break, Rasik Valand, CEO of Third Energy, told North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee that the firm's application to start fracking near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale is "thorough, considered and complete, with no short cuts".

Mr Valand said the "negative" campaigning of objectors to fracking will "do more damage to tourism in the Kirby Misperton area than the fracking itself".

His final wish, he told the committee, is that the application only be reviewed "on its merits".

"I urge you to please determine this application in line with the recommendation of your planning officers," he added.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Break in proceedings in Northallerton

Ryedale fracking meeting: 'Protestors use emotive actions and their politics to condemn whole industry'

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

This is some of what North Yorkshire B&B owner Lorraine Allinson told the committee deciding on whether to give the green light to fracking near Kirby Misperton.

She started by citing the fears which were raised over the Knapton generating station more than 20 years ago, and said "those scare stories never came to anything".  

After questioning how many of those against fracking were actually from North Yorkshire, she said "people are blatantly encouraged to ignore the professionals and instead listen to a fashion designer, and use emotive actions and their politics to condemn a whole industry."

Ryedale fracking meeting: Statements read out in support of proposals

At the meeting of North Yorkshire county councillors who are set to decide later whether to give the go-ahead to fracking in Ryedale, several statements have been read out by the clerk.

Among those was a rural tourism operator who believes the shale gas industry will benefit local businesses and local jobs.