After two days of debate, the Lancashire County Council planning committee has deferred a decision on a fracking application at Little Plumpton until Monday. This is the one that officers recommended last week should be approved. The committee is spending today and tomorrow considering the other application, which officers recommeneded be refused.
This application was made on 2 June last year, so has already taken a year to be determined, even if it is approved by the council, which shows how carefully the council are being in considering it. It's not surprising since it would be the first fracking permission since an earthquake stopped play four years ago.
The decision on whether to give the go-ahead to fracking for shale gas in Lancashire has been deferred, while councillors consider legal advice.Energy firm Cuadrilla wants to extract shale gas at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood on the Fylde Coast.The county council began considering the Little Plumpton bid on Tuesday, after fracking was suspended in the UK in 2011.It will resume its debate of the proposal on Monday.About 200 protesters waited outside County Hall in Preston for a decision that never came.