Lancashire County Council likely to veto fracking

Just days after the Environmental Agency granted Cuadrilla the permits for its proposed shale gas exploration site at Plumpton, Lancashire County Council has announced it is recommending against a final seal of approval.

Lancashire-County-Council-Logo1Although the council accepted that a properly regulated fracking process would be "very low risk", the council will likely reject the planning application on grounds of unacceptable levels of noise pollution.

report produced for the development control committee, which makes its decision next week, also said that vehicles going to and from Cuadrilla's Roseacre Wood site would have an unacceptable impact on other road users with a severe reduction in safety.

Cuadrilla said that it was disappointed by the decision, but would continue to work for a resolution in its favour.

A spokesperson said: “We are very disappointed that Lancashire County Council’s planning officers have recommended that the council’s development control committee refuse planning consent for both our applications.

"Officers have recommended refusal at Preston New Road only on grounds of night-time noise and at Roseacre Wood on noise and traffic concerns. We note that the planning officer’s report has accepted the principle of our proposals and is satisfied with all other aspects of the planning applications and in particular their conclusion that properly regulated hydraulic fracturing is ‘very low risk’. "We believe that the limited grounds on which the officers have recommended refusal can be satisfactorily resolved."