Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside a council meeting where a decision on whether to approve fracking for the first time in England since a ban was lifted in 2012 is expected.

The hearing is considering plans by Third Energy to frack for shale gas at its existing site near Kirby Misperton.

Over 100 people are due to address the council meeting in Northallerton.

Third Energy said it had been producing gas “safely and discreetly” for over 20 years and had a “responsible approach”.

‘Most controversial application’

North Yorkshire county councillors were greeted by placard-waving protesters as they arrived for the planning committee meeting at County Hall.

Source: North Yorkshire fracking meeting draws protesters – BBC News