Lancashire councillors have every right to refuse fracking application

Independent legal advice shows that Lancashire councillors can refuse Cuadrilla’s application for planning permission to frack at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire – contrary to advice from the Council’s officers.

from The Ecologist: 

Fracking_394806 Image: via Frack Free Lancashire on Facebook.

Independent Queen’s Counsel legal advice shows that Lancashire’s Councillors can refuse Cuadrilla’s fracking application tomorrow (Monday 29th June) morning.

According to Richard Harwood QC the Lancashire planning officers’ advice to councillors points out that the application will “cause demonstrable harm”.

Thus there are grounds on which the Lancashire County Council (LCC) could “reasonably” refuse Cuadrilla’s application – and defend their decision if the company appeals.

Specific grounds on which LCC councillors could refuse the application include:

  • The proposal does not accord with the Fylde Borough Local Plan because drilling for oil and gas is not one of the activities permitted in rural areas;
  • The fracking would…

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