AN APPLICATION to carry out fracking in a Ryedale village has been validated by North Yorkshire County Council. 

The application by Third Energy is to hydraulically fracture five zones at the company’s KM8 well site in Kirby Misperton. If the application is granted and the test fracks successful, gas would be produced from one or more of the tested formations and sent to Third Energy’s Knapton generating station.

The application had previously failed the validation process twice before. 

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said: "The planning application by Third Energy relating to ‘fracking’ at Kirby Misperton has now been validated. At this stage, it is impossible to give you any meaningful guidance on the timescale for processing the application."

Details of the application can be viewed at