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Surrey Hills

We’re already seeing the devastating impact of the climate crisis in the UK. Scenes of people losing their homes, as wildfires ripped through their community, have brought our collective future into sharp focus.

There has never been a more important time to do everything we can to protect the environment and preserve our precious green spaces.

That’s why we are taking action now, and we want you to join us.

Good Law Project is supporting a new legal action, brought by local community group, Protect Dunsfold, which wants to protect an important green space on the edge of Surrey Hills, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, from an ill-conceived carbon-heavy drilling project that could cause severe damage to Surrey Hills, and could open the door to future projects that will add to the UK’s carbon footprint.

Our challenge centres on a decision by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, under the leadership of Michael Gove, to overturn Surrey County Council’s initial refusal of planning permission. This is despite admitting it would cause “a significant level of landscape and visual impact.”

If you are able to, you can make a donation here to support this legal challenge. With your help, we can protect Surrey Hills and the environment.

You can read the claim as filed against the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities here.

Leigh Day Solicitors, Estelle Dehon QC (Cornerstone Barristers) and Alex Shattock (Landmark Chambers) have been instructed in this case.

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