New decision dates for Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking applications

Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at two sites in the Fylde area of Lancashire will be decided at the end of June.

Lancashire County Council said today it has scheduled four days for its Development Control Committee to decide the company’s planning applications for Preston New Road at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre.

Cuadrilla has applied to drill, frack and test the flow of gas at the two sites and carry out monitoring.

The applications for Preston New Road will be decided on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th June. The applications for Roseacre Wood will be decided on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June.

A report by Lancashire County Council planning officers, which will recommend either approval or refusal of the applications, will be published on the council’s website on Tuesday 16th June.

The Development Control Committee previously met to consider the applications at the end of January. Officers recommended refusal of both applications on noise grounds. They also recommended refusal of the Roseacre Wood application because of concerns about traffic generated by the site.

Cuadrilla asked the committee for more time to provide extra information about the applications and the decisions were adjourned. The company and council agreed that the deadline for the decision should be the end of April, which could have meant the applications were decided within days of the general election. But on 23rd April the deadline was again postponed until 30th June.

Since the January meeting, Cuadrilla has changed the lorry route to the Roseacre Wood site and proposed installing acoustic barriers around the compounds and equipment at both sites.

Lancashire County Council consulted on this new information. A statement from the council today said planning officers were reviewing the results of the consultation and the information supplied by Cuadrilla.

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