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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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Cuadrilla’s Appeal Information

CUADRILLA BOWLAND LTD & CUADRILLA ELSWICK LTD               PUBLIC INQUIRY.

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (INQUIRIES PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) RULES 2000

PROPOSED SHALE GAS EXPLORATION WORKS AT PRESTON NEW ROAD AND ROSEACRE WOOD AND RELATED MONITORING WORKS

APP/Q2371/W/15/31340923, APP/Q2371/W/15/3130924, APP/Q2371/W/15/3134385, APP/Q2371/W/15/3134386

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** UPDATED NEWS**

Core Documents and Proofs of Evidence now available (Scroll to the bottom of the page)

Core Documents and Proofs of Evidence can now be bulk downloaded (Scroll to the bottom of the page)

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The Inquiry commences on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at Blackpool Football Club Hotel & Conference Centre, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool FY1 5JJ. It is expected to last for approximately 20 days.

The Inspector Wendy McKay LLB, Solicitor (non-practising) has been appointed by the Secretary of State to report to him with recommendations.

Yvonne Parker is the Programme Officer for the Inquiry and she is an impartial officer who works to the instructions of the Inspector. Her details are at the bottom of the page.

A Pre-Inquiry meeting was held at the Football Club on Thursday 19 November 2016. You can read the notes from that meeting here

The sessions for the Interested Persons will be held on:

Wednesday 17 February from 6.30pm to 9.30pm for the Roseacre Wood appeals; Thursday 25 February 2016 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm for the Preston New Road appeals and Tuesday 10 March from 11am to 5.30pm for all appeals.

Those who wish to speak at any of these sessions should give their name, address including postcode and the day/evening that they wish to speak by Wednesday 10 February 2016 . Using the following email address:

appealsinquiry@virginmedia.com.

This email address is ONLY for parties to register their request to speak.

The Programme will be posted when it is available but can change frequently so please keep in touch with the Programme Officer to check on progress.

The Programme can be downloaded here (coming soon)

The Core Documents list with links can be downloaded

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The Proofs of Evidence and Inquiry Documents with links can be downloaded

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Judicial Review gets go-ahead

 

Breaking: Judge allows legal challenge to Cuadrilla monitoring scheme decision

In the past few minutes a judge in the High Court has given permission for a judicial review of the planning permission granted to Cuadrilla for a monitoring array at Roseacre Wood in Lancashire.

A written application for judicial review had been refused. But at a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London Mrs Justice Lang gave permission for the legal challenge.

The judicial review was sought by Elizabeth Warner and the Roseacre Awareness Group. They argued that the decision-making process at Lancashire County Council’s development control committee in June had been flawed. They said the committee had been misdirected at times by officers and that some advice in the officers’ report had been erroneous.

Cuadrilla applied for the monitoring array as part of its plans to frack up to four wells at Roseacre Wood in the Fylde. The application to frack was refused and Cuadrilla is appealing against that refusal. A similar monitoring scheme at Preston New Road was turned down by councillors after they also refused permission for fracking at the site.

After the hearing, Mrs Warner said: “I’m delighted, obviously. There are clear grounds for a judicial review and they spoke for themselves.”

“It shines a light into the whole process. This is a landmark moment. Far too much has been advanced too easily in the past. There are powerful alliances working together and some of the safeguards have been eroded.”

“Clearly there was hope in some parts that this was done and dusted but the reality was never that. From the outset we were confident that the grounds would be successful.”

“This is an important principle.  It does show that given due process this juggernaut can be halted.”

The judicial review is scheduled to last a day and both Mrs Warner and Lancashire County Council asked for the hearing to be in London because an early date was more likely.

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Government could decide Cuadrilla’s fracking appeals under new rules

The government gave more detail this afternoon on how it would fast-track fracking through the planning system.
In a statement the Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark, said he was changing the rules to allow him to take over decisions on shale gas appeals.
He also set out how the government would identify what he described as councils which “underperformed” on determining oil and gas applications.

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