Cuadrilla welcomes the Court of Appeal verdict handed down by Lord Justice Simon, Lord Justice Lindblom and Lord Justice Henderson today (12th January 2018) which dismisses the two claims made against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid’s, decision to grant planning consent for its shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, Lancashire. The case was heard by the three judges at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in August 2017.
The Court of Appeal has also refused permission for the parties to appeal at the Supreme Court.
Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla said:
“We are very pleased that the Court of Appeal has robustly dismissed both challenges on all the grounds presented, as well as dismissing requests for further appeal. The same challenges were previously dismissed by the High Court in a similarly detailed judgement made in April 2017. We have always remained confident that that the planning consent would stand, particularly after such a lengthy and thorough review of the application and positive recommendations for approval by both the professional Planning Officers at Lancashire County Council and subsequently an experienced Planning Inspector.
“As our lawful planning consent remains in place, even whilst the Court of Appeal case was heard, operations on site have continued to progress well. We have successfully completed our data acquisition programme in the shale and will commence drilling the horizontal sections of the first of two initial wells this weekend. Local businesses and workers in Lancashire continue to benefit from the significant investment and jobs that our operations are bringing to the county.”