Unanimous decision by councillors have refused planning permission for fracking in Lancashire in a move which has been welcomed by environmental campaigners.
Lancashire County Council’s development control committee turned down Cuadrilla’s application to explore for shale gas by drilling, hydraulically fracking and testing the flow of gas at Roseacre Wood, Roseacre, between Preston and Blackpool reports Daily Mail.
The vote was in line with recommendations by planning officials who said it should be turned down because it would cause an increase in traffic which would result in ‘an unacceptable impact’ on rural roads and reduce road safety.
The committee has yet to reach a decision on a second proposal at Fylde, Lancashire, at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, which planning officers have recommended should go ahead.
The decision on Preston New Road has been deferred to Monday.