The public inquiry examining Cuadrilla’s appeal on its applications to frack in Lancashire is expected to hear 15 days of evidence, under a programme published this week.
The inspector, Wendy McKay, will also visit the sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. And she will spend a day considering any conditions should the applications be approved.
The inquiry, at Blackpool Football Club Conference Centre, begins on Tuesday 9th February and is scheduled to end on Friday 11th March. DrillOrDrop will be reporting on the inquiry throughout. There will also be a webcast Link here
Evidence from supporters and opponents
In the first week, Cuadrilla will call witnesses from the consultancy Arup to challenge the refusal of permission to frack at the two sites and plans for a monitoring scheme at Preston New Road. They will also argue against a condition on wintering birds applied to the permission for a monitoring scheme at Roseacre Wood.
In week 2, witnesses for North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce will give evidence in support of the applications. This week will also hear Lancashire County Council defend its decisions.
Later weeks will hear evidence against the applications by Friends of the Earth, Roseacre Awareness Group, Treales, Roseacre & Wharles Parish Council, Preston New Road Action Group and Newton-with-Clifton Parish Council.
The inspector will make a recommendation after the end of the inquiry. The final decisions will be made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark.
The inquiry programme, available here, is expected to change and will be updated.
Who speaks when?
Cuadrilla: 9th-12th February
North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce: 16th-17th February
Lancashire County Council: 17th-19th February
Friends of the Earth: 25th-26th February and 2nd March
Roseacre Awareness Group and Treales, Roseacre & Wharles Parish Council: 3rd-4th March
Preston New Road Action Group: 8th March
Newton-with-Clifton Parish Council: 8th March
Members of the public: 17th and 25th February (evening) and 10th March (day)
Tuesday 9th February, 10am start
Introduction by inspector and opening statements (in order) by Cuadrilla, North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Lancashire County Council, Friends of the Earth, Roseacre Awareness Group and Treales, Roseacre and Wharles Parish Council, Preston New Road Action Group.
Cuadrilla evidence on planning: witness Mark Smith, Arup
Wednesday 10th February, 9.30am start
Cuadrilla evidence on planning (Mark Smith, Arup), and noise (David Hillier, Arup)
Thursday 11th February, 9.30am start
Cuadrilla evidence on landscape, witness Andrew Tempany, Arup
Friday 12th February, 9.30am start
Cuadrilla evidence on landscape (Andrew Tempany, Arup) and highways (Johnny Ojeil, Arup)
Monday 15th February
Tuesday 16th February, 9.30am-2pm
North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce evidence with witnesses James Bream, Paul Matich and Babs Murphy
Wednesday 17th February 10am-3pm
North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce evidence with witness Babs Murphy
Lancashire County Council evidence on landscape, witness Steve Maslam
Wednesday 17th February 6.30pm-9.30pm
Evening session for public statements on Roseacre Wood appeals
Thursday 18th February 10am start
Lancashire County Council evidence with witnesses Steve Maslam (landscape), Dr Andrew McKenzie (noise) and Neil Stevens (highways)
Friday 19th February, 9.30am start
Lancashire County Council evidence with witnesses Neil Stevens (highways) and Katie Atkinson (planning)
Tuesday 23rd February
Wednesday 24th February
Thursday 25th February, 9.30pm-1pm
Friends of the Earth evidence on climate change with witness Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Thursday 25th February, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Evening session for public statements on Preston New Road appeals
Friday 26th February, 9.30am start
Friends of the Earth evidence with witnesses Alan Watson (Waste) and David McCoy (public health)
Monday 29th February
Tuesday 1st March
Wednesday 2nd March, 10am start
Friends of the Earth evidence with witnesses David McCoy (public health) and Richard Bate (planning)
Thursday 3rd March and Friday 4th March, 9.30am start
Roseacre Awareness Group and Treales, Roseacre & Wharles Parish Council evidence with witnesses Kenneth Halliday (landscape and visual), Ed Clarke (noise), Tom Hastey (transport and safety), Gerald Kells (traffic) Elizabeth Warner (residents’ perspective), Barbara Richardson (community amenity and recreation), Gordon Halliday (planning), Anne Broughton (ornithology.
Monday 7th March
Tuesday 8th March
Preston New Road Action Group evidence with witnesses Steven Scott Brown (landscape) and Mike Stigwood (noise)
Newton-with-Clifton Parish Council evidence with witness Peter Collins
Wednesday 9th March, 9.30am start
Thursday 10th March, 9.30am-11am if needed
Thursday 10th March, 11am-5.30pm
Session for public statements
Friday 11th March, 9.30am start
Closing statements (in order) by Cuadrilla, Friends of the Earth, Lancashire County Council, Roseacre Awareness Group, Preston New Road Action Group.
The inquiry is at Blackpool Football Club Conference Centre, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool FY1 6JJ
Core documents for the inquiry can be accessed here
Proofs of evidence can be accessed here
An inquiry programme available here
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