Further consultations to take place on shale gas

Cuadrilla Resources near Preston, Lancashire. Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian.
Cuadrilla Resources near Preston, Lancashire. Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian.

Lancashire County Council has agreed with Cuadrilla that decisions on two planning applications for shale gas development will now be made by January 31 next year.

Applications have been received for two sites in Lancashire - Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre. Further consultation on shale gas will see decisions made in January.

It had previously been agreed that the Preston New Road application would be decided by December 31 2014.

The planners have been working since the applications were received in June to consult with the public and other statutory agencies, and assess the applications, to ensure all the information needed to determine them is put before the Development Control Committee.

As part of this process further information on both sites has been provided by Cuadrilla. Lancashire County Council will hold a further consultation to allow for representations on the further information to be made.

The new determination date for the Preston New Road site will allow time for any representations on the further information for both sites to be considered and addressed in the reports to be presented to the Development Control Committee when the applications are determined.

The consultation will take place from today to Friday December 19.