Cuadrilla Resources has started to speak with local communities about its proposed new exploration sites in the Fylde. The company intends to apply for planning permission to hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four wells at two new sites: one near Roseacre, and one near Little Plumpton.
Last week, more than 220 people attended two separate information days – one at Elswick Village Hall, the other at Pipers Height Caravan Park, near Westby – where Cuadrilla had invited residents to come and find out more about the new sites. At each event there was a wide range of information on display about the company, its proposals for the new exploration sites, and the environmental assessments that are being carried out to support the planning applications.
The team from Cuadrilla and Arup was on hand to answer questions, and record any comments that visitors had about the proposed exploration sites. Residents have been asked to provide feedback for this initial round of consultation by Monday, 3rd March, and can do so online here.
Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, said:
“I was pleased to see so many local residents take the opportunity to come to these events. There will be many more chances for people to contribute to the process, and I hope that people will take those chances and get involved.”
Des Correia, Arup’s project director, said:
“We are keen to make sure that feedback from local people is considered as part of the comprehensive environmental impact assessments we are preparing for the new exploration sites. These events were invaluable in helping us ensure that we can do that.”
The company has committed to an extensive programme of public consultation and has written to over 9,000 local residents about the proposed new sites, with further information days planned for next month.
Cuadrilla and Arup will now be working to develop planning applications and environmental assessments for the proposed sites, and will consult with local communities before they are submitted to Lancashire County Council later this year.