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Lancashire council rejects Cuadrilla’s fracking application for second site

Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee has denied planning consent for Cuadrilla’s bid to drill, fracture and flow test up to four wells at a site in Little Plumpton.

The decision follows last week’s announcement that the committee had rejected Cuadrilla’s application to extract shale gas at a site in Roseacre Wood.

In a statement, Cuadrilla said: “We are surprised and disappointed that Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee has denied planning consent for our application to explore for shale gas at Preston New Road [Little Plumpton], particularly as their decision follows a positive recommendation by the council’s planning officers. 

“We remain committed to the responsible exploration of the huge quantity of natural gas locked up in the shale rock deep underneath Lancashire.

“We will now take time to consider our options regarding an appeal for Preston New Road, along with also considering appeals for  the planning applications recently turned down, against officer advice, for monitoring and site restoration at Grange Hill, and last week’s decision to refuse the Roseacre Wood application.”

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