Members of Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee have promised to release the date at which the committee will reconvene as soon as possible.
County Councillor Munsif Dad, chair of the committee, said: “During the meeting members heard legal advice that supported the request for deferral, which will enable time for consultation on the new information provided by the applicant. “We will reconvene as soon as we can to consider the decisions in light of the new information when it is presented to the committee. Everyone who has registered to speak for or against the applications will be invited back to do so at that time.
“Clearly as the planning applications remain live the council is unable to comment further at this stage.”
Greenpeace UK energy and climate campaigner Simon Clydesdale said: “Allowing more time for Cuadrilla to tinker with their application is not going to change the fundamental fact that fracking is a massive gamble with low returns for the people of Lancashire. This deferral is just one more example of Cuadrilla’s aggressive lobbying of Lancashire county council to try and get its way despite overwhelming public opposition to fracking.
“The councillors should look again at the mounting evidence of fracking’s environmental, health and climate impacts, and put the well-being of their communities before the interests of the shale lobby.”