LCC rejects Cuadrilla’s planning application for Singleton

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Lancashire County Council has today (25 February) refused Cuadrilla’s planning application to carry out seismic and pressure monitoring at a site at Singleton. The decision came a surprise as the planning officer had recommended that the planning committee pass the application and it is rare for a committee to go against its officer’s advice. Planning permission was originally granted for the site in 2010, and in 2011 a well was drilled to a depth of 10,700 feet. The well wasn’t fracked but Cuadrilla applied for an extension of their planning permission to carry out seismic and pressure monitoring. Lancashire County Council voted seven to six against with one abstention. A webcast of the meeting is available here. A number of objections were raised:

  • Breach of National Planning  Policy Framework
  • Well abandonment issues
  • Emissions (climate change)
  • Pollution
  • Disruption to wildlife and wintering birds
  • No monitoring in place by EA

 

The councillors voted as follows:

Voted for approval:

  • Munsif Dad                         Lab
  • Marcus Johnson                Lab
  • Barry Yates                       Tory
  • Graham Gooch                Tory
  • Michael Devaney             Tory
  • David Howarth                  Lib Dem

Voted  against:

  • Kevin Ellard                        Lab
  • Terry Aldridge                   Lab
  • Nikki Penney                    Lab
  • Steve Holgate                   Lab
  • Kim Snape                        Lab
  • Keith Sedgewick               Tory
  • Peter Buckley                    Tory

Abstained:

  •  Paul Hayhurst                   Ind

Paul Rigby left the room and did not vote as he had previously declared an interest.

Congratulations to the anti-fracking group SAFE (Singleton Against a Fracked Environment) and to all our colleagues who gave such brilliant presentations to the committee. Plus, a huge thanks to those councillors who voted against this. Meanwhile, those of us waiting outside County Hall decided to do a bit of artwork on the wall near the entrance. And that is a huge wall! singleton


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