Grange Road Update

Lancashire County Council rejects planning application for Grange Road

As SAFE we wish to thank all those that have supported the fight against the Shale gas industry on the Fylde. These include all the groups, technical support from Mike Hill and the legal support of Friends of the Earth.
On Monday, SAFE along with Mike Hill made presentations relating to ecology , lack of an EIA and HRA, well integrity and abandonment and also the legal aspects of the matters raised in the application.
At yesterday’s planning committee meeting SAFE were supported by members of all the local groups who made short presentations to the councillors on the concerns of the extension to an application which was initially granted in 2010 for 18 months. These were well received by the councillors who picked up many of the issues concerning planning, ecology, noise, well integrity and abandonment including the potential impact of dealing with orphaned wells.
The planning regulations that were stated with regards refusal were SP2 of the Fylde plan, CS5 of the LMWDF and DM2 of the LMWLP.
We are delighted with the planning rejection which was achieved by the commitment and dedication of local people working together and supporting each other by sharing information and expertise, this has been key to the outcome. The excellent presentations given a few weeks ago from Roseacre and Little Plumpton to the planning committee contributed greatly to the refusal of our application.
We wish to thank all the councillors that had the courage to vote for refusal and a special thank you to the following for their contributions:
Bob Dennett  Gayzer Taryanji  John Powney  Trina Froud  Dianne Westgarth  Ruth Owen  Gordon Smith  Noreen Griffiths  Gail Hodson John Hodson  Laurence Rankin
We have yet to find out what actions Cuadrilla ‘perplexed and disappointed’ will take. SAFE will continue to support and fight alongside the other groups against the other applications and also the development of the On Shore Shale Gas Industry.

Chris and Karen
For SAFE