With the end of the Cuadrilla fracking inquiry yesterday, attention now turns to the report of the inspector, Wendy McKay.
She heard evidence from 26 expert witnesses and 143 members of the public during the 19 days of hearings. She also visited the sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood and the areas around them.
A spokesperson for the Planning Inspectorate said this afternoon Ms McKay would make an announcement within the next fortnight of when she expects to complete her report.
“An announcement is usually made 10-14 days from the end of the enquiry”, the spokesperson said. A note is expected to be posted on the programme officer’s web site. Link here
Ms McKay’s recommendations will go to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark. He has chosen to use the appeals recovery procedure in this case to make the final decision.
The Department for Communities and Local Government will indicate when Mr Clark will make his decision.
The Planning Inspectorate spokesperson said Ms McKay’s recommendation would not be published until the final decision is announced.
There is no statutory time limit for either the inspector’s report or the Secretary of State’s decision.
Asked about the possible timeframe, the spokesperson said: “I would not even hazard a guess”.
The Planning Inspectorate has confirmed hat the recommendation of Ms McKay had been delivered to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by the deadline of on 4 July 2016. The Inspectorate also said it expected the final decision by the Secretary of State would be announced on or before Thursday 6 October 2016.