Lancashire fracking decision delayed again

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''Cuadrilla Resources near Preston, Lancashire on 26th of August, 2011. Fracking Stock
Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''Cuadrilla Resources near Preston, Lancashire on 26th of August, 2011. Fracking Stock

A decision on whether to allow fracking exploration in Lancashire has been delayed until after the general election.

Lancashire County Council has agreed with Cuadrilla to extend the time period to make decisions on planning applications for shale gas development at two new sites to June 30.

The council has received applications from Cuadrilla to drill, frack, and test gas flows, with associated separate applications for environmental monitoring, at two sites in Lancashire - Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre.

The extension follows a request by Cuadrilla to consider additional information about the applications. Cuadrilla’s request resulted in the deferral of a meeting of the Development Control Committee in January 2015 at which councillors had been due to make a decision on each application.

The council has subsequently consulted upon the new information provided by Cuadrilla and planning officers must now review the feedback from the consultation period, and the details supplied by Cuadrilla, before preparing reports for a further meeting of the committee.

Consultation on the further information relating to both sites took place from Friday March 20 to Friday April 17 to allow representations to be made.

It had previously been agreed that both applications would be decided by April 30 2015.

The council will announce dates for the applications to be determined by the Development Control Committee in due course.