Applications to Drill, Fracture and Flow test up to Four Wells at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

January 21, 2015

A Cuadrilla spokesperson said:

“We are very disappointed that Lancashire County Council’s Planning Officers have recommended that the Council’s Development Control Committee refuse planning consent for both our applications. Officers have recommended refusal at Preston New Road only on grounds of night-time noise and at Roseacre Wood on noise and traffic concerns. We note that the Planning Officer’s report has accepted the principle of our proposals and is satisfied with all other aspects of the planning applications and in particular their conclusion that properly regulated hydraulic fracturing is ‘very low risk’. We believe that the limited grounds on which the officers have recommended refusal can be satisfactorily resolved. Our applications are to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four exploration wells at each of our proposed sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.

“After a lengthy period of consultation and review of around seven months the Planning team at Lancashire County Council has raised objections about background noise for both sites. We believe, supported by independent experts Arup, that we have come forward with measures that would mitigate noise of drilling and fracturing and the proposed noise levels are within the limits set out in government guidance.

“For our application at Roseacre Wood we had already supplied within the last week extra information regarding traffic routes which we and our expert advisers believe addresses all the new issues which have recently been raised. We believe these issues should have been more widely discussed.

“In the end the councillors on the Development Control Committee will have to weigh the relatively minor impacts which affect only a small number of households and for which we have proposed adequate proposals for mitigation against the wider local and national, jobs, growth and economic as well as energy security opportunities.

“We will await the councillors’ decisions on both these applications and we believe that all of the limited issues that have been raised can be resolved.”