Unsurprisinlgy, fracking company Cuadrilla has announced that it is to appeal both refusals of permission to carry out exploratory fracking at two sites in Lancashire. The only question was whether just the one that officers recommended approval of would be appealed, or both, and it seems to be the latter.

It is hardly a blatant disregard for the views of local people - it is a normal part of the planning process, there being around 15,000 planning appeals a year.