(RT) – Lancashire County Council has unanimously voted to reject a planning application for fracking in the region. Residents and environmentalists, who have been protesting throughout the council’s two-day meeting, welcomed the news.
The county council’s
Development Control Committee refused Cuadrilla’s application to
drill for shale gas in the local Roseacre Wood area due to
concerns over traffic and activity on the site causing “an
unacceptable impact” on the roads.
Roseacre Wood is located between the Lancashire towns of Preston
In a statement, the council said: “The application for
Roseacre Wood was refused in line with officers’ recommendations
that the proposal would have an unacceptable and potentially
severe impact on the road network, both in terms of traffic and
the increased danger to other road users.”
County Councilor Marcus Johnstone, who is cabinet member for
environment, planning and cultural services, and a member of the
Development Control Committee, said: “The development control
committee has listened very carefully to many hours of evidence
both for and against the proposal, and considered the report of
the council’s planning officers.
“The decision to refuse this application has been reached by
a vote of the committee, and each member of the committee has
ultimately cast their vote based on the evidence they have heard
and whether they think the proposal is acceptable.”
Friends of the Earth North West campaigner Furqan Naeem welcomed
“This is a tremendous victory for local people and everyone
across Lancashire and the UK who have been tirelessly
highlighting the risks fracking poses to their quality of life
and the climate.
“But the fracking threat still hangs ominously over the
community near Preston New Road.
“Poll after poll shows people want renewables, not fracking —
and the clean energy and long-term jobs they would provide.
“Lancashire councilors must put local people and our
environment first and reject Cuadrilla’s controversial
application when they meet next Monday.”
Cuadrilla said it was disappointed by the outcome.
“We are disappointed but not surprised that Lancashire County
Council’s development control committee has denied planning
consent for our application at Roseacre Wood as their decision
follows a negative recommendation by the council’s planning
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