Date set for Lancashire fracking recommendation

Fracking public enquiry at Blackpool Fottball Club.  Pictured is Wendy McKay.
Fracking public enquiry at Blackpool Fottball Club. Pictured is Wendy McKay.
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The inspector who chaired the public inquiry into fracking in Lancashire is to announce her recommendation by July 4, it was revealed today.

Wendy McKay’s recommendation will then be scrutinised by the Government.

Cuadrilla has applied to frack at sites at Roseacre Wood, near Elswick, and Little Plumpton, near Blackpool.

The Government has “called in” the decision, which will be seen as a landmark ruling on fracking in the UK.

The Planning Inspectorate this afternoon announced an update on the timetable for submission of the Planning Inspector’s report to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on Cuadrilla’s appeals against refusal of planning permission.

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said: “We welcome the statement from the Planning Inspectorate that Wendy McKay, who oversaw the recent public inquiry covering our shale gas exploration planning appeals in Lancashire, will be submitting her report and recommendation to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by 4 July.

“In our opinion the five week public inquiry has allowed a very full examination of our appeals.”