Posted by: westlancashirerecord | April 12, 2017

Fracking Challenge Lost

A community group and an anti-fracking campaigner have lost their legal challenge against the Communities’ Secretary over the way he granted permission for fracking at a site in Lancashire. Sir Ian Dove, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this morning dismissed the case by Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman.

This clears the way for Cuadrilla  to drill, frack and test up to four wells at its Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton near Blackpool.

It is the final stage in the company’s planning battle, which began in June 2015, when Lancashire County Council refused permission for the site because of its impact on noise and visual amenity.

The Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, granted planning consent in October last year, following the recommendation of the inspector at a 19-day public inquiry.

Preston New Road Action Group challenged the decision, saying Mr Javid had misunderstood or misapplied local and national planning policy in approving the fracking scheme.

In a response a campaigner stated “With no support from our two local Tory MPs, Mark Menzies of Fylde and Nigel Evans of Ribble Valley, who are both vulnerable characters owned by the Tory Whip, our normal channels of democratic protest have been compromised from the start! WE SAID NO and we continue to SAY NO!

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