Fracking in Lancashire has been given the green light by the Government despite Lancashire County Council refusing the application by energy firm Cuadrilla.
Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, today (October 6) decided to give the green light to Preston based Cuadrilla, enabling the firm to test the development of shale gas at Preston New Road.
A final decision on a second site, Roseacre Wood, has been delayed to allow Cuadrilla to give more evidence about any traffic impact, however Mr Javid is expected to approve the application.
The Roseacre Wood site was unanimously rejected in July due to concerns over its impact on the local road network, while the application at Little Plumpton, Preston New Road, closer to Blackpool, was eventually refused on the grounds of noise and visual impact.
Earlier this year north Yorkshire County Council has approved fracking tests near the village of Kirby Misperton, despite receiving more than 4,000 objections. Read more here
Lee Petts, managing director of Remsol and member of Lancashire for Shale said: "Today’s decision is excellent news for Lancashire’s businesses and our future prosperity. Local businesses are already working hard to ensure that the county is getting prepared to secure the maximum benefit from a thriving local shale gas industry in the future. Beyond the positive news for jobs and economic growth, we also believe there are massive community benefits on offer from shale gas development.
"We have campaigned long and hard for this moment over the last three years. We believe today’s decision means that Lancashire is now back on track for the future investment and employment opportunities that would flow from a successful shale gas industry in the County.”