Fracking decision date put back by Lancashire authority

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Lancashire County Council has agreed with Cuadrilla to extend the time period to make decisions on its planning applications for shale gas development at two new sites to June 30.

The council has received applications from Cuadrilla to drill, frack, and test gas flows at two sites in Lancashire – Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre.

The extension follows a request by Cuadrilla to consider additional information about the applications. Cuadrilla’s request resulted in the deferral of a meeting of the Development Control Committee in January at which councillors had been due to make a decision on each application.

The council has subsequently consulted upon the new information provided by Cuadrilla and planning officers must now review the feedback from the consultation period, and the details supplied by Cuadrilla, before preparing reports for a further meeting of the committee.

It had previously been agreed that both applications would be decided by 30 April 2015.