Deadline for decision on fracking put back again

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  • LCC has agreed with Cuadrilla to extend the time period to make decisions on its planning applications to June 30
  • The authority had given itself until April 30, following new submissions from the gas firm
  • But now both parties have agreed to allow extra time for feedback to the plans to be scrutinised
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The deadline for a decision on gas exploration firm Cuadrilla’s applications to frack at two Lancashire sites has been put back yet again.

Lancashire County Council has agreed with Cuadrilla to extend the time period to make decisions on its planning applications to June 30.

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

The authority had given itself until April 30, following new submissions from the gas firm.

But now both parties have agreed to allow extra time for feedback to the plans to be scrutinised.

The deadline for public consultation on Cuadrilla’s additional information on traffic routes and other aspects of the applications was last Friday.

A date when the council’s development control committee will meet again to determine the full applications has not yet been set.

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

The new time extension follows a deferral request by Cuadrilla in January to consider additional information about the applications.

A county council spokesman said: “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.”

A spokesman for Cuadrilla said the firm agreed.

He said: “We understand this extra time will ensure that proper consideration is given to the public consultation undertaken by the council on the additional information we provided, as requested by the planning officers.”