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UPDATE ON ROSEACRE WOOD APPEAL

On the eve of fracking at Preston New Road I thought you would appreciate an update on the Roseacre Wood appeal. 
It looks like the Secretary of State will make his decision, on Cuadrilla’s appeal, early in the New Year. 
Apologies if I have already sent you. 

IMPORTANT

We have had an official statement from the Planning Inspectorate to say the Planning Inspector, Mr Melvyn Middleton, submitted his report, on the Roseacre Wood appeal, to the Secretary of State on 28th September 2018. A decision is likely early in the New Year.

This is currently the only other site in the UK where there is a live planning application to frack, up to four exploratory wells, for shale gas.

So far it has been rejected at every level from the majority of residents, seven affected parish and town councils, unanimously at every single stage by Fylde Borough and Lancashire County Councils, the Planning Inspector (after the first Public Inquiry), even the Secretary of State himself (although he was still minded to approve) and our two Conservative MP’s …….. yet still they are trying to force fracking on us!

With the first horizontal fracking about to start at Preston New Road (PNR), just a few miles from Roseacre, on Monday 15th October we need to up our game otherwise hundreds of communities will face the same threat.

We continue to offer our friends at PNR our full support at this difficult time. We will be there at the gates. There is also a national Climate Crisis rally at Maple Farm on 20th October starting at 12.00 (union rally at 11am) so please come along and stand with us in solidarity. Details of the event on Frack free Lancs FB page.

This is an extract from the Planning Inspectorate letter.

“I can confirm the Inspector’s report was submitted to the Secretary of State on 28 September 2018.

As the Secretary of State’s decision on this case is the conclusion of a ‘minded to allow’ process, there is no formal target for the decision. However the Secretary of State intends to determine it in line with the normal timescales for recovered appeals and call-ins, and hence intends to issue a decision early in the New Year.”

I am working on a press briefing and press statements, for whichever way it goes,  in the New Year. 
 
Kind regards
Barbara Richardson
Chair Roseacre Awareness Group
07918 106875

Government warned it could lose vote over changes to shale gas planning rules

The government was warned this morning to drop proposals to change the planning rules on shale gas. MPs from all parties lined up in a parliamentary debate to criticise the ideas, announced in May and currently being consulted on. They would classify fracking shale gas developments as permitted development without the need for planning applications. Decisions on major production schemes would be made by ministers rather than local authorities.

 

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Inquiry into second Lancashire fracking site re-opens tomorrow

Cuadrilla’s plans for another fracking site near Blackpool come under scrutiny again this week.

A public inquiry on the Roseacre Wood proposals reopens tomorrow (Tuesday 10 April) to examine whether heavy goods vehicles could safely deliver to the site.

Lancashire County Council rejected the Roseacre Wood proposal because of highway safety in 2015 and the inspector at a public inquiry in 2016 recommended refusal for the same reason.

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PRESS RELEASE Re Planning Enquiry

PRESS RELEASE

Second Cuadrilla Public Planning Inquiry to Start in Lancashire

On behalf of Roseacre Awareness Group, Frack Free Lancashire and Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth
Thursday 5 April 2018

On Tuesday 10 April at Blackpool Football Club, a further Public Inquiry, into Cuadrilla’s plans to frack for shale gas at Roseacre Wood – their second Lancashire site – is due to commence and will last two for weeks.
Residents of Roseacre village and supporters from across Lancashire and beyond will gather outside the Inquiry on the first day, from 8.30am-12pm (1). The rally will hear from speakers from a range of political parties, community groups against fracking, trade unions and other groups.
Cuadrilla applied to frack at two sites on the Fylde in June 2014 but both were rejected by Lancashire County Council. These sites became the subject of a Planning Inquiry in 2016.
The UK government overturned the council’s refusal at Preston New Road, and was “minded to approve” fracking at Roseacre if Cuadrilla could overcome concerns related to traffic and safety (2).
Cuadrilla’s revised traffic plans would negatively affect many more communities as Cuadrilla’s proposals include three alternative traffic routes to get the largest HGVs to this quiet rural Fylde location. The routes include the A583 Blackpool Road and A585 Fleetwood Road, passing through many villages such as Clifton, Salwick, Inskip, Roseacre, Crossmoor and Elswick.
The revised traffic plans were unanimously rejected by both Fylde Borough Council and Lancashire County Council (3). Two Lancashire Conservative MPs, Mark Menzies and Ben Wallace, whose constituencies will be affected, have joined in opposition to the plans. Mark Menzies MP for the Fylde, in his letter to Lancashire County Council, objected stating:
“I do not believe that HGV traffic concerns can be addressed at the site. The company’s proposals simply cannot be reconciled with the quiet rural roads that service access to the proposed shale gas site. I am therefore clear that Cuadrilla Resources’ proposed Roseacre Wood site must not be permitted to go ahead as there are no circumstances in which it can mitigate against the unacceptable hazard that the introduction of such a large number of HGVs will present to local road users.” (4)

 Wendy McKay, the Planning Inspector from the previous Planning Inquiry, concluded that planning policy supporting “national need” for shale gas does not overcome public safety (5). Roseacre Awareness Group has highlighted the risks of the latest traffic plans and HGV movements on the narrow country lanes. The residents’ group points out that Cuadrilla’s mitigation includes installing 39 new passing places along the route in places where HGVs cannot pass other traffic. They further emphasised that Roseacre Wood is highly popular for tourism, recreation and leisure especially cycling, running and horse riding. All of these pursuits would be directly threatened by the proposal.

Barbara Richardson, Chair of Roseacre Awareness Group, who will be presenting evidence to the Inquiry opposing the revised traffic plans on behalf of residents and seven parish and town councils, said:
It has been four long years. These fracking plans have been rejected at every level from the residents to our parish, borough and county council. We are only a small community and it has taken us thousands of hours of unpaid work and tens of thousands of pounds, but we are determined to fight this to the bitter end. We see this is an injustice and infringement of our human rights.
“We were absolutely appalled when the Secretary of State said he was still minded to approve the plans if Cuadrilla could overcome traffic problems. They haven’t managed to do this in four years, why should they have been given another chance now? 
“We are ordinary members of the public who understand the harm this industry will bring to our community, our health and well-being, our environment and ultimately climate change, and we are prepared to stand up and speak out. 
“Our evidence is strong and robust and, if it was just down to that, we believe we would win. Should the decision go against us we will not stop here. We will continue to oppose the plans and will fight at every level to protect our community, and others, from harm. We will not stop until fracking is taken off the agenda, after all, extracting fossil fuels is a backward and unwelcome step. It is far better to invest in energy efficiency programmes and sustainable renewable energy solutions.”

Dorothy Kelk from Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth stated:
“Instead of forcing fracking onto communities and locking us into more climate-changing fossil fuels, the Government should invest in clean renewable energy technologies to power us now and in the future, and which could create tens of thousands of new jobs in Lancashire and the North West.”
“The Inquiry is being closely watched by communities across England who are facing the threat of fracking, and comes as several councils across the Midlands and the North have opposed shale gas exploration already this year (6).”

Kelly Jennings is from Woodsetts Against Fracking in South Yorkshire, where Rotherham council voted last month against plans by INEOS to drill a well for shale gas exploration. She is attending the Public Inquiry in support of Roseacre community next week. Kelly said:

If fracking can go ahead in a rural community like Roseacre it could get approved anywhere. Communities like ours in Woodsetts and all over England are starting to wake up as the threat becomes more real. Opposition to fracking will continue to grow as more people become aware of the impacts and take a stand against this polluting industry.”

Since Cuadrilla began work at Preston New Road in January 2017, the site has attracted daily protests, which continue with three months of peaceful action ahead of Cuadrilla’s planned fracking at the site later this year (7). Frack Free Lancashire outlined that the policing costs have already passed £7 million of taxpayers’ money. There are grave resource implications of a second site in the Fylde (8).

Notes

1. https://www.facebook.com/events/212372212679848/

2. https://www.gov.uk/…/recovered-appeals-cuadrilla-bowland-lt…

3. https://drillordrop.com/…/lancs-planners-stand-by-objectio…/ and https://drillordrop.com/…/borough-councillors-vote-unanimo…/

4. 4 December 2017 http://www.markmenzies.org.uk/…/fylde-mp-mark-menzies-objec…

5. para 12.860 https://www.gov.uk/…/recovered-appeals-cuadrilla-bowland-lt… “Since the proposed development would be neither safe nor sustainable, it would not have the support of the WMS (Written Ministerial Statement). The national need for shale gas exploration cannot, therefore, be pleaded in support of this appeal. Even if it were appropriate to take that factor into account, I believe that the need to ensure the safety of members of the public is paramount and would strongly outweigh that important consideration.”

6. https://www.theguardian.com/…/uk-fracking-backlash-seven-ou…

7. http://frackfreelancashire.org/the-united-resistance/

8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-43575535

 

Cuadrilla’s Latest Traffic Proposals

Cuadrilla have published their latest proposals which are to be considered at the re-opened Public Inquiry at Blackpool Football Club. The proposed time and date for this re-opening is 10.00am on Tuesday 10th April 2018. 

Their proposals will impact the villages of Thistleton, Elswick, Crossmoor, Inskip, Roseacre, Catforth, Treales, and Clifton. Full details of their intentions are in the following documents. 

 Roseacre-Transport-Consultation-Report_Part1

If you wish to object to these proposals you can do so

  1. By writing to:    Jonathan Haine, Development Management, PO Box 100, County Hall, Preston, PR1 0LD
  2. By e-mail to: devcon@lancashire.gov.uk

In both cases you should quote:  APP/Q2371/W/15/3134385 To Planning Application Ref: LCC/2014/0101 

These objections are merely being collated by Lancashire County Council, they will be forwarded to Cuadrilla as it is their application to which you are objecting. Objections should be submitted to Lancashire County Council by 10th January 2018.

If you wish to speak at the Public Inquiry you will be allowed to do so. Public speakers will be limited to 5 minutes and the Inquiry will allocate times in the evening to accomodate people who work during the day.

Should you have any queries or require further information you can contact Jules Burton either by e-mail at julesburton5@gmail.com or by calling 07814 127770.

Latest on the Appeal by Cuadrilla Elswick Limited [29.11.2017]

CUADRILLA BOWLAND LTD AND CUADRILLA ELSWICK LTD PUBLIC INQUIRY – 2018

Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Appeal by Cuadrilla Elswick Limited
APP/Q2371/W/15/3134385: Roseacre Hall, Roseacre Wood, Roseacre Road Site Address: Roseacre Hall, Roseacre Wood, Roseacre Road, Inskip Road,Roseacre and Wharles, Preston

**UPDATED NEWS   29/11/2017**

THE CONSULTATION ON A REVISED TRANSPORT ROUTE STRATEGY AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION IS NOW AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON AND CAN BE FOUND AT https://cuadrillaresources.com/site/roseacre-wood/

THE CONSULTATION PERIOD IS FROM 29 NOVEMBER 2017 UNTIL 10 JANUARY 2018

ALL REPRESENTATIONS  SHOULD BE EMAILED TO devcon@lancashire.gov.uk

OR IN WRITING TO:

Development Management Group

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 100, County Hall

Pitt Street

Preston PR1 0LD

QUOTING APPEAL REFERENCE: (APP/Q2371/W/15/3134385)

 The Inspector for the Inquiry is Mr Melvyn Middleton. 

The Programme Officer for the Inquiry is Yvonne Parker who can be contacted on programme at programmeofficer@blueyonder.co.uk

Telephone number 0781 333 4305 

Notes of the Pre-inquiry meeting can be found here.

Cuadrilla’s New Route Proposals

Following the Secretary of State’s decision and against this background Cuadrilla appointed an independent traffic consultant who commissioned extensive traffic surveys over the summer and
autumn this year to assess possible routes to the Roseacre Wood site. Based on the conclusions of this work, Cuadrilla is now proposing to utilise three routes to provide access for HGVs between the A583 and A585 and the Roseacre Wood site.
 
 
Maps of the three proposed HGV routes are enclosed and they are:
Green Route from A585 to the Site via B5269 Thistleton Road, Elswick High Street and Roseacre Road;
Red Route from A585 to the Site via B5269 Thistleton Road, Elswick High Street, Lodge Lane, Preston Road and Higham Side Road and through the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence High
Frequency Communications Site (DHFCS) Inskip facility; 
Blue Route from A583 to the Site via Clifton Lane, Station Road, Dagger Road, Salwick Road,
and Inskip Road and through the DHFCS facility.
 
The management of the three routes in order to minimise disruption and ensure safe and efficient
working will be set out in a Traffic Management Plan, in agreement with Lancashire County Council,
which will itself be subject to a planning condition.

Date set for reopened inquiry on Lancashire fracking site

The public inquiry to decide whether to grant planning permission for fracking at a second site in Lancashire will reopen in April 2018.

Correspondence from Lancashire County Council said the inquiry on the Roseacre Wood site near Blackpool will begin on Tuesday 10 April 2018. It will be held at Blackpool Football Club and is expected to last for eight days. The inspector will be Melvyn Middleton.

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