Preston New Road, Lancashire

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Preston New Road site, 17April 2017. Photo: Frack Free Creators: Knitting Nanas of Lancashire

Key facts

Address: Plumpton Hall Farm, off Preston New Road, Little Plumpton

Planning applications: LCC/2014/0096 and LCC/2014/0097

Secretary of State’s report approving planning permission, including conditions

Environmental permits

Operator: Cuadrilla Bowland Ltd

PEDL165

Site photos

Timeline

13 April 2017

Cuadrilla announces viewing area for Preston New Road site. Opponents say it’s a PR stunt. Details

12 April 2017

High court judge dismisses challenge by Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman. DrillOrDrop reports: Breaking news, Details and Reaction and What the judge said about the challenges 

4 April 2017

Lancashire Police estimates policing operations at Preston New Road will cost an extra £450,000 a month. 35 people arrested at the site between 5 January and 5 March, all but seven resulting in charges. Details

16 March 2017

Day two of statutory challenge at Manchester High Court. DrillOrDrop report Government lawyers defend decision to give planning consent to Cuadrilla fracking plans

15 March 2017

Day one of statutory challenge at Manchester High Court by Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackiman against permission for drilling, fracking and testing granted by the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid.
DrillOrDrop reports: Cuadrilla’s Lancs shale gas exploration plans were “production in disguise” – High Court told and Shale gas regulation is not “up to scratch” – High Court challenge to Lancs fracking consent

10 March 2017

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner writes to the Communities’ Secretary, Sajid Javid, asking him to pay for protest policing at Preston New Road. Details

9 March 2017

Eight people arrested after a lock-on outside the site and charged with failing to comply with a police direction on prohibited assembly. Details

8 March 2017

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner visits Preston New Road protest. Details Three people arrested during protests near the site. Details

6 March 2017

Judge at the High Court in Manchester grants Cuadrilla an injunction over the Preston New Road site but rejects the company’s proposal for a protest area. Details

Two councillors, injured during policing of protests, accuse officers of trying to provoke protesters. Details

1 March 2017

Two people, including a Kirkham Town Council, injured during policing of protests outside the site. Both needed hospital treatment. Details Lancashire Police correct statement about the breach of the fence at Preston New Road. Details

Senior Lancashire councillors criticise Cuadrilla’s record on planning conditions at Preston New Road. Details

27 February 2017

Fylde Borough Councillor, Roger Lloyd, knocked to the floor during policing of protests outside the Preston New Road site. Details

25 February 2017

Organisers of an anti-fracking national day of action near the Preston New Road site estimate 1,000 people attended. Lancashire Police alleged around 150 people tried to enter the site. Details. The force later corrected this statement (see 1 March 2017)

20 February 2017

Eight-person lock-on protest

17 February 2017

Possession order served at protection camp at Dugdale Close, Blackpool

16 February 2017

Six people arrested under Section 14 of the Public Order Act following a lock-on protest. Another person was reported for summons

11 February 2017

Mid-March date expected for statutory challenges by Preston New Road Action Group and Geza Frackman to ministerial granting of Cuadrilla’s appeal against refusal of planning permission.

10 February 2017

31-year-old man from Blackpool, protesting outside the site, was arrested under Section 241 of the Trades Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act. Details

1 February 2017

Meet the Regulators event at Wrea Green to discuss regulation of Preston New Road. Details

31 January 2017

Four people arrested following a seven-hour lock-on protest outside the entrance to the Preston New Road site – later charged with failing to comply with a prohibited assembly police direction. Details

27 January 2017

Two women arrested outside Preston New Road. Details

26 January 2017

Lancashire County Council confirms some lorries visiting the site are now following the agreed traffic route in breach of planning conditions but no action will be taken. Details

Court papers reveal that statutory challenges will be heard in Manchester. Details

6 January 2017

Opponents begin protests outside the site, slow-walking in front of lorries. Details

5 January 2017

Cuadrilla begins work on surface construction work at Preston New Road. Details

2 December 2016

Anti-fracking campaigner, Gayzer Frackman, announces he is bringing a second challenge against the approval of planning permission at Preston New Road. Details

Cuadrilla announces first contract for Preston New Road site works to A E Yates, of Bolton, Gtr Manchester. Details

18 November 2016

Preston New Road Action Group announces it is bringing a statutory challenge against Sajid Javid’s decision to allow planning permission for fracking at Preston New Road. Details

8 October 2016

People opposed to fracking demonstrate outside the Preston New Road site to protest at the go-ahead for exploration. Details

6 October 2016

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announces he has allowed Cuadrilla’s appeal against refusal of permission to frack at Preston New Road, following the recommendation of the inquiry inspector. He also accepts her recommendation to allow the appeal over the monitoring scheme. Decision and details

20 September 2016

Lancashire Nanas opposition group send a letter to the Queen in a final attempt to prevent fracking near Blackpool

19 September 2016

Gayzer Frackman begins to raise money for a legal challenge to any government approval of planning permission for fracking at Preston New Road. Details

14 July 2016

Sajid Javid replaces Greg Clark as Communities Secretary

5 July 2016

Planning inspector, Wendy McKay, confirms she has sent her recommendation to the Secretary of State, Greg Clark, on Cuadrilla’s appeal against refusal of permission to frack at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road.

7 May 2016

Cuadrilla notifies Lancashire County Council that it plans to drill monitoring boreholes at Preston New Road.

4 April 2016

Public Inspectorate announces that Wendy McKay, the inspector at the Cuadrilla appeal, will submit her recommendation on or before 4 July 2016

16 March 2016

End of public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s appeal over refusal of plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

24 February 2016

Site visits by planning inspector, Wendy McKay, as part of public inquiry

17 February 2016

First of four sessions at which members of the public gave evidence to the inquiry

9 February 2016

Opening day of public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s appeal over refusal of planning permission to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood and to carry out monitoring at Preston New Road. The inquiry also examined Cuadrilla’s appeal against conditions on monitoring around Roseacre Wood.

25 January 2016

Details of public inquiry released

26 November 2015

Greg Clark, Secretary of State of Communities and Local Government, announces he will recover Cuadrilla’s appeal and decide whether fracking should go ahead at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.

20 October 2015

Confirmation that the following will take part in public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s appeal: Cuadrilla, North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Preston New Road Action Group, Roseacre Awareness Group, Friends of the Earth and Roseacre and Wharles Parish Council.

11 September 2015

Cuadrilla appeals against refusal of planning permission

23 July 2015

Confirmation that Cuadrilla is to appeal against the refusal of permission by Lancashire County Council for fracking at Preston New Road

29 June 2015

Lancashire County Council refuses permission to Cuadrilla to frack at Preston New Road on noise and landscape grounds. Details

15 June 2015

The planning officer for Lancashire County Council recommends approval of Cuadrilla’s plan to frack at Preston New Road

23 April 2015

Lancashire County Council announces Cuadrilla’s fracking planning applications will be decided by 30 June 2015

14 April 2015

Cuadrilla announces acoustic barriers up go 14m high at proposed fracking sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

20 March 2015

New public consultation begins on extra information on Cuadrilla’s fracking applications at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

28 January 2015

Lancashire County Council’s development control committee defers a decision on Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

23 January 2015

Cuadrilla asks Lancashire County Council to defer a decision on the company’s plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

21 January 2015

Planning officer at Lancashire County Council recommends refusal of permission to frack at Preston New Road on noise grounds

16 January 2015

Environment Agency grants permit for shale gas exploration and fracking at Preston New Road. Details

26 November 2014

New public consultation on extra information on Cuadrilla’s planning application for fracking at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

23 October 2014

Lancashire County Council says it needs more time to decide Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

12 June 2014

Lancashire County Council publishes Cuadrilla’s planning application for fracking at Preston New Road

4 February 2014

Cuadrilla announces plans for two fracking sites in the Fylde area of Lancashire