Verdict due on Cuadrilla plans for Lancashire

Caitlin Morrison
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FRACKING firm Cuadrilla will today find out whether Lancashire county planners believe the company should be allowed to progress with drilling in the region.

Cuadrilla is aiming to drill for natural gas at two sites in the county, Preston New Road, in Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood, near Elswick.

Earlier this year, Lancashire planning officers recommended refusals for both planning applications, citing concerns over noise and traffic. The council then agreed to extend the deadline for a decision until the end of June, giving Cuadrilla the opportunity to submit revised planning proposals.

The reports published today will be considered by the council’s development control committee.

Applications relating to the Preston New Road site are to be decided at meetings scheduled for the 23 and 24 June, while the applications for the Roseacre Wood site will be decided at meetings on 25 and 26 June.

Cuadrilla is the only company in the UK with planning applications for onshore hydraulic fracking underway. City A.M. understands that if the firm is granted permission to drill in Lancashire, it could be fracking by the end of this year.