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The Vale of Glamorgan Council's head of planning Rob Thomas says the decision to permit test gas drilling at Llandow is 'hugely disappointing'.
Planners in the Vale of Glamorgan rejected plans to begin test-drilling back in October - a decision that has now been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate.
Planning Inspectorate Wales has given the go-ahead to test drilling for gas in the Vale of Glamorgan.
It follows an appeal by Bridgend-based Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd after their application was first refused permission.
Objectors fear drilling could lead to the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing - or 'fracking'.
They say the risks associated with the process, which involves injecting high pressure water and chemicals into rock to release natural gas, are not fully understood.
Planners said: 'The appeal is allowed and planning permission is granted to drill and test the insitu lower limestone and associated strata for the presence of gas at Unit 1 Llandow Industrial Estate, Cowbridge, in accordance with the terms of the application.'
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Planning Inspectorate Wales has given the go-ahead to test drilling for gas in Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan, following an appeal.