Europa operates a number of exploration licences in the UK:
The prospect lies south of Dorking within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an application to construct a temporary exploration well on the site was originally made in 2008. This application was refused in 2011 by Surrey County Council contrary to their planning officers recommendation to approve. An appeal to overturn the decision was heard at a public inquiry in July 2012. The appeal was dismissed on 26 September 2012.
As announced on 1 November 2012, Europa, along with its partners, applied for an order to quash the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Governments appointed Inspector to dismiss the appeal. On 25 July 2013 in the Royal Courts of Justice the judge, Mr Justice Ouseley, gave judgment in favour of quashing the Inspectors decision. The judge also granted the Leith Hill Action Group (LHAG) leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal against his judgment. On 19 September 2013, LHAG submitted an appeal to the Court of Appeal. The hearing took place on 30 April 2014 and a decision is expected during May 2014. If the Court rules in favour of Europa, the appeal will be remitted to the Planning Inspectorate for redetermination, which may involve a further planning inquiry, for the exploratory drill site at Holmwood.