The Last Chance To Save Your Village
Cuadrilla have now submitted their planning application to drill and hydraulically fracture (frack) up to 4 exploratory wells at Roseacre Wood, between the villages of Roseacre and Wharles.
The Planning Officers at Fylde Borough Council will submit their recommendations to Lancashire County Council on July 30th, Lancashire County Council will then decide the fate of Roseacre, Wharles and Treales.
Make no mistake, if this planning application is passed, then production development will follow thereafter. It will be just the beginning of the industrialisation of our Lancashire Countryside, as it will set precedence for the whole of Lancashire.
Without any objections, concerns or communications from us – the public – the residents of all Lancashire villages, the planners will only have Cuadrilla’s carefully tailored, very persuasive point of view and rosey picture of fracking.
So, before it is too late, please take to your PC, or put pen to paper and write to:- The Development Management Group, Environment Directorate, P.O. Box 100, County Hall, Preston PR1 0LD. With your name, address, postcode and the date. Reference:- Planning Application LCC/2014/0101 before August 29th , copy this also to Fylde Borough Council, Planning, Town Hall, Lytham St.Annes, FY8 1LW. before July 25th
You can email comments and objections to firstname.lastname@example.org
To Help Compile Your Objection Letter
Please use the following notes to assist. Choose the issues which concern you most, then state your own point of view and most importantly add the relevant planning policy, to give weight to your argument. The planning officers can only use objections which are backed up by policies. Duplicate letters are only counted as one objection. We have outlined some of the appropriate policies below, these can be found in the Fylde Borough Council Local Plan.
I’m concerned about the impact of traffic. Cuadrilla state 200 movements per day at peak times, of High Fraction HGVs. This will be unsafe, unpleasant and unhealthy on our narrow country lanes around Clifton, Treales, Wharles and Roseacre.
This application is contrary to Policy SP7 as the development cannot “be safely and adequately served by existing or proposed means of access and the local road network”. It is also contrary to Policy SP9 as it would “adversely affect the amenities enjoyed by nearby residents” in terms of fumes, risk of spills of toxic fluid, noise and vibrations and safety on the roads. It would also “prejudice the character of the surrounding area”.
My concern is the contamination of our water from leaking wells. 5% of all wells leak in their first year and 60% fail within 30 years – data from Schlumberger. (You may also wish to include – As my property also has a bore hole/well/septic tank/bio-tech I am very concerned that any damage to this would carry a risk of contaminating the land and subsequently groundwater.)
The wells drilled by Cuadrilla will never be removed, they will be simply capped, monitored for a few months and remain forever.
This application is contrary to Policy EP24 which states:-
“Development will not be permitted which would adversely affect the quality of ground water and the ability to utilise existing or potential resources within the Borough”.
I’m concerned about air pollution which will happen instantly the flaring starts and will continue over an initial two year period. Flaring burns off methane gas and causes air pollution. Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith senior advisor to the National Toxics Network, addressed MPs at Westminster on June 4th and explained that flaring “leads to over 250 pollutants”. I do not wish my family and grandchildren to be subject to these pollutants.
This application is contrary to Policy EP26 which states:-
“Development will not be permitted which is likely to give rise to unacceptable levels of air pollution where this would prejudice other adjacent or nearby communities or land uses”
I’m anxious about the affects of fracking on my health and that of my children’s. Studies in the USA have discovered chemicals in the air include benzene (carcinogen) ethylbenzine, tolune and xylene, plus heptane, octane and diethylbenzene resulting in an increase in cancer in surrounding areas.
Colorado school of public health have warned that those living within half a mile of the drilling site face the greatest health risks. So for the 100 – 120 drilling pads predicted to be necessary, to extract the Bowland Gas between Clevelys and Preston, there will not be many people who will remain unaffected.
This application is contrary to Policy EMP5 which states:-
“New developments which would unnecessarily increase the numbers of people at risk from hazardous installations will not be permitted”.
The area around Roseacre and Wharles is extremely quiet, so I’m anxious about the fracking noise which will be heard from 7.00am to 7.00pm and also from 7.00am on Saturday mornings and the noise from the drilling which will be in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Cuadrilla exceeded their noise limits in Balcombe and residents had to buy their own noise monitoring equipment. Constant noise is found to affect people’s health. Data – Environmental Health Perspectives.
This application is contrary to Policy EP27 which states:-
“Development which would unnecessarily and unacceptably result in harm by way of noise pollution will not be permitted”.
My concern is the effects on wildlife, especially as Cuadrilla are considering releasing surface water into the field drainage ditches. These drain into Thistleton Brook which runs into the River Wyre, which runs into the Wyre Estuary which is a very important site for wildlife.
This is contrary to PolicyEP15 which states:-
“Development proposals which may affect a European Site will be subject to the most vigorous examination and proposals which would affect the integrity of the site as a whole will not be permitted”. Also EP16 “development proposals likely to affect sites of special scientific interest, will be subject to special scrutiny, and will not be permitted unless the use of conditions or planning obligations would prevent damaging impacts”.
The site is comparable to Blackpool Football ground in size and the drilling rig is 53 metres high, which is comparable to Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, all surrounded by 4 metre high security fencing. All this in Roseacre; this cannot be acceptable as new development in the countryside.
This application is contrary to the Fylde Borough Council objective 1.50 (No.2)
“To limit development in the open countryside, to that appropriate to a rural area and necessary for the well being of the rural community”.
The site is going to be floodlit every night, 7 days a week and the site will be in operation 365 days per year, apparently for the safety of workers at night and for security reasons. My concern is the visual intrusion of this blight in the countryside.
Cuadrilla’s application clearly shows that it intends light to illuminate the site from site level and all elevations right up to the top of the 53 metre rig.
This application is contrary to Policy EP28 which states:-
“Development proposals involving external lighting should avoid or minimise harm relating to loss of local character, loss of amenity or reduction in highway safety”
Loss of Social Amenity
The roads around Roseacre, Wharles and Treales are used extensively by cyclists, horse riders, ramblers, and runners. The use of these narrow country lanes by HGVs will make these pastimes dangerous and unpleasant and could result in accidents. Together with the visual intrusion and pollution of this industrial site, will result in a loss of social amenity.
This application is contrary to Policy SP5
As the nature and extent of the proposal would “prejudice the character and appearance of the countryside”.
I’m worried that fracking will increase the risk of earthquakes. David Smythe, Professor of Geophysics, says that this area in Lancashire is heavily faulted. Cuadrilla still don’t know which fault caused the earthquakes in 2011.
This application is contrary to Policy DM2 from the Joint Lancashire Minerals and Waste Plan, which states:-
“Development will be supported if it can be demonstrated that all material, social, economic and environmental impacts that would cause demonstrable harm can be eliminated or reduced to acceptable levels”.
The risk of seismic reaction cannot be eliminated, nor because of it’s very nature can it be reduced to an acceptable level whether induced or through natural causes.
This application is not appropriate for this rural area, in terms of it’s visual appearance, it’s affects on the communities it is sited so close to, it’s dangers to all road users of the narrow country lanes and it’s potential harm to human health and to the environment and is contrary to Policy SP2. which states that “in countryside areas development will not be permitted except where proposals properly fall within” certain categories, none of which refer to a new industrial development, which will harm the character of the countryside. It should therefore be refused. Whilst there is doubt about the safety of high volume, hydraulic fracturing, it is irresponsible to go ahead with this planning application.
The National Planning Policy Framework states that authorities should “ensure that in granting permission for mineral development, there are no unacceptable adverse impacts on human health or the natural environment and take into account the cumulative effect of multiple impacts from individual sites and/or from a number of sites in a locality”.
This planning application cannot be judged in isolation as Cuadrilla say in their Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report, that this application is one of “potentially a greater number of temporary exploration sites within the Fylde”.
Francis Egan when addressing the business attendees at the Winter Gardens Shale Gas Conference, also said, that becoming a supplier was a long term investment and a long term relationship of 20, 30, 40 or 50 years. So, this is definitely not temporary, it is for a life time.
It is not unreasonable to assume therefore, that the next site really is coming next to you! Please for all our sakes forward your objection now. To arrive at Lancashire County Council by July 15th, and at Fylde Borough Council by July 18th.
We are holding drop in sessions on Monday July 7th and Thursday July 10th at the Derby Arms at Treales between 5.30 -7.00pm, to assist anyone who requires help with their letter. We will also have some drafts of letters for those who haven’t had the chance to compile their own.
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