Cuadrilla's Roseacre Wood plans open for public consultation

Public consultation is underway for Cuadrilla's potential new fracking site at Roseacre Wood.

The plans for the site, to the north east of Preston, include an application for temporary shale gas exploration, as well as related transport and environmental information.

Lancashire County Council originally turned down the company's application to drill, hydraulically fracture and test up to four shale exploration wells in 2015. Cuadrilla appealed to the Secretary of State, who then granted the company an opportunity to submit further information.

Inspector Melvyn Middleton, representing the department, will hold an eight-day hearing beginning April 10 next year.

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said: “We believe that the proposed new route strategy and associated traffic management plan will meet the Secretary of State’s requirement to address outstanding highway safety questions.

"We will review feedback from the public consultation and look forward to presenting our proposals at the public inquiry next April.”

The revised plans include utilising three routes to provide access for HGVs between the A583 and A585 and the Roseacre Wood site.  The management of the three routes in order to minimise disruption and ensure safe and efficient working will be set out in a Traffic Management Plan, in agreement with Lancashire County Council, which will itself be subject to a planning condition. The transport route strategy and related environmental information, along with details on how to respond to the consultation can be found at www.cuadrillaresources.com/site/roseacrewood and www.programmeofficers.co.uk/cuadrilla2