BREAKING: Consultation begins on fracking sites

Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America
Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America

Consultation is due to take place on extra information submitted to Lancashire County Council as part of planning applications for shale gas development at two sites in the county.

In June 2014 the council received applications from Cuadrilla to drill, frack, and test gas flows, with associated separate applications for environmental monitoring, at Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre.

In January 2015 the county council’s Development Control Committee decided to defer determination of the applications after Cuadrilla asked to submit further proposals intended to mitigate concerns raised by planning officers.

Planning officers recommended refusal of permission over noise concerns at both sites and traffic impact at Roseacre Wood.

Further information on both sites has now been provided by Cuadrilla and Lancashire County Council will carry out consultation from today – Friday March 20 – to Friday April 17 to allow representations to be made.

The further information for the Roseacre Wood site relates to noise, traffic, air emissions and visual impact.

The extra information for the Preston New Road site relates to noise, air emissions and visual impact.

The information will be published on the council’s website at www.lancashire.gov.uk and made available at libraries in Lytham, St Annes, Ansdell and Kirkham, and at the offices of Fylde Borough Council in St Annes.

Following the consultation the council’s planners will assess the new information and responses to the consultation before making recommendations to the Development Control Committee.

More to follow