A statement from Lancashire County Council released within the past few minutes says there will be a new public consultation on Cuadrilla’s two planning applications for exploratory gas wells in the Fylde.
Cuadrilla has applied to drill, frack and test gas flows at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre.
The council says it had agreed with the company that both applications would now be decided by 31st January 2015 to “allow time for consultation on further details provided as part of the planning process”.
The consultations begin tomorrow (27th November 2014) and continue until Friday 19th December.
Planners had already agreed with Cuadrilla that the Roseacre Wood application would be decided by 31st January. They have now also agreed that a decision on the the application for Preston New Road would be delayed from 31st December 2014 until the same date.
The statement said:
“Planners have been working since the applications were received in June to consult with the public and other statutory agencies, and assess the applications, to ensure all the information needed to determine them is put before the Development Control Committee.
“As part of this process further information on both sites has been provided by Cuadrilla. Lancashire County Council will hold a further consultation to allow for representations on the further information to be made.
“The new determination date for the Preston New Road site will allow time for any representations on the further information for both sites to be considered and addressed in the reports to be presented to the Development Control Committee when the applications are determined.”
The council said Cuadrilla’s new information will be published on the council’s website www.lancashire.gov.uk and made available at libraries in Lytham, St Annes, Ansdell and Kirkham, and at the offices of Fylde Borough Council in Lytham St Annes along with the applications and accompanying Environmental Statements.