Cuadrilla has failed in its bid to get a fracking project approved at Roseacre Wood in Lancashire, but says it may appeal the decision.
The company had two decisions under review, and Lancashire County Council’s planning officers had recommended that the bid be declined. A decision on a development at the other site, Preston New Road, was yesterday deferred until Monday.
In a statement, Cuadrilla said:
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 officers. We will now take time to consider our options, including our right to appeal.
If Cuadrilla does get the go ahead to frack at Preston New Road, it will be the first fracking operation in the UK for four years.