New date for Lancashire fracking decision

Residents and neighbours of Roseacre village gather to protest against fracking in the area

Residents and neighbours of Roseacre village gather to protest against fracking in the area

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A decision on plans for fracking at two Lancashire sites is due to be made next month.

Lancashire County Council has agreed to determine applications from gas exploration firm Cuadrilla from June 23.

The authority had delayed discussions on the plans, following extra information from the company.

Cuadrilla is applying to frack at Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood.

The applications relating to the Preston New Road site are due to be decided at meetings on June 23 and 24.

The applications relating to the Roseacre Wood site are due to be decided at meetings on June 25 and 26.

The council has consulted on new information provided by Cuadrilla, and planning officers are now reviewing the feedback from the consultation period, and the details supplied by Cuadrilla, to prepare reports and offer recommendations to the committee.

A Cuadrilla spokesman said: “We are looking forward to a final determination by Lancashire County Council for both of our planning applications submitted in mid-2014.

“These determination meetings follow a period of detailed and proper consideration that Lancashire County Council has given to the public consultation undertaken by them on the additional information we provided.

“That information detailed the further mitigation measures we will put in place to fully address the noise and traffic concerns raised by the planning officers in their initial reports of January 2015.

“We now have all the necessary environmental permits in place for both sites and a positive planning determination would, we trust, allow us to carry out the exploratory work necessary to confirm the technical and commercial viability of the huge volumes of natural gas locked up in the shale rock deep beneath Lancashire.

“This work is of vital importance for the economic prosperity and energy security of Lancashire and the UK and if approved we hope to commence operations later in the year.”