Fracking decision put back until April

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Lancashire County Council has agreed with Cuadrilla to extend the time allowed to decide the planning applications for shale gas development to 30 April to allow for consultation on new information mainly relating to noise and traffic.

The county council’s Development Control Committee decided last week to defer decisions on applications by Cuadrilla to develop two sites in Lancashire after the company asked them to consider new proposals to reduce the impact of noise and traffic.

The applications are to drill, frack, and test gas flows, with associated separate applications for environmental monitoring, at Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre.

The council’s planners are currently considering the new information on noise and traffic and will hold a further consultation with regulators and the public before putting their recommendations to the committee.

Dates for the consultation and the meetings at which the Development Control Committee will decide the application will be announced in due course.