New date for council decision on fracking

LOCAL CAMPAIGN: Protestors in Roseacre village
LOCAL CAMPAIGN: Protestors in Roseacre village
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A decision on plans for fracking at two Lancashire sites is due to be made next month.

Lancashire County Council has agreed to determine applications from gas exploration firm Cuadrilla from June 23.

The authority had delayed discussions on the plans, following extra information from the company.

Cuadrilla is applying to frack at Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood. The applications relating to the Preston New Road site are due to be decided at meetings on June 23 and 24.

The applications relating to the Roseacre Wood site are due to be decided at meetings on June 25 and 26.

The council consulted on new information provided by Cuadrilla, and planning officers are now reviewing the feedback from the consultation period.

A Cuadrilla spokesman said: “We are looking forward to a final determination by Lancashire County Council for both of our planning applications submitted in mid-2014. These determination meetings follow a period of detailed and proper consideration that Lancashire County Council has given to the public consultation undertaken by them on the additional information we provided.

“That information detailed the further mitigation measures we will put in place to fully address the noise and traffic concerns raised by the planning officers in their initial reports of January 2015.

“We now have all the necessary environmental permits in place for both sites and a positive planning determination would, we trust, allow us to carry out the exploratory work necessary to confirm the technical and commercial viability of the huge volumes of natural gas locked up in the shale rock deep beneath Lancashire.”