The first appeal by Cuadrilla against refusal of planning permission for shale gas exploration in the Fylde area of Lancashire is now underway.
The Planning Inspectorate has validated the company’s appeal over the application for a seismic and groundwater monitoring array around the proposed fracking site at Preston New Road.
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Anti-fracking protesters celebrate outside Lancashire County Hall after Cuadrilla’s fracking application is refused.
Cuadrilla is to appeal against Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject its two applications to frack for shale gas.
The gas exploration company announced this afternoon it was launching appeals against decisions relating to both Lancashire sites.It had applied to frack at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, and at Roseacre Wood near Elswick.
County council officers had recommended that the Roseacre Wood bid should be dismissed mainly on traffic grounds, but said Preston New Road should be approved. But members of the development control committee threw out both applications at a marathon hearing last month.
Protesters were delighted – but fully expected Cuadrilla to appeal the decisions.The Government is fully behind a well-regulated and safe shale gas industry. But opponents say there could be pollution problems, possible earthquakes and traffic and noise near sites.
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A residents’ group opposed to Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at a site in the Fylde area of Lancashire released the opinion of a specialist barrister this afternoon.It contradicts legal advice given to Lancashire County Councillors last week that in the event of an appeal against refusal there would be a high risk of costs.The group said it had released the opinion because the council would not let it address the committee considering the application or submit a written document.See report
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The committee that meets on Tuesday will include three stand-ins and two new members. Less than half the Councillors expected to attend were part of the committee that last considered the fracking applications six months ago.
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Lancaster MP Cat Smith is calling on Lancashire County Council to reject fracking applications in the county.
The report recommended that the application for a site at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton be passed, subject to a number of conditions being met, but plans for a similar site at Roseacre Wood should be turned down because of an increase in traffic.
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TOWN Hall chiefs have voted unanimously to oppose fracking in a Lancashire village.
Preston Council was asked for its views on fracking bids by Cuadrilla at Roseacre Wood, ahead of a crunch meeting where Lancashire County Council will make a decision on two applications.
Officers had recommended that the planning committee object to the plans, on the grounds of the impact of traffic on Broughton and Woodplumpton, and councillors voted to follow their advice.
Julie Buttle, clerk to Woodplumpton Parish Council, addressed Thursday’s meeting and thanked officers for the recommendation.
She said: “It makes a change to address committee to thank officers for supporting the parish council in objecting to this application, which would see a severe increase in HGV movements, which would have a material impact on existing road users including vulnerable cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.
“We hope your recommendation carries significant weight when considered by Lancashire County Council’s planning committee later this month.”
A report, recommending that the plans be objected to, said: “While the development proposals mainly affect an area well away from the city boundary the consequences of routeing HGV construction traffic from the A6 via Broughton and the B5269 would have unacceptable adverse traffic and air pollution impacts.”
A Cuadrilla spokesman said: “The existing route is Cuadrilla’s preferred option – the Broughton leg which was discussed is the alternative route, not the preferred route. It’s also worth noting that the 25 HGVs per day referred to in the planning documents is a maximum and not an average.”