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.
Lancashire county council faces an appeal by a leading UK shale gas company after refusing its applications to frack for shale gas in the county. Last month, councillors rejected planning consent for Cuadrilla’s application to drill and frack a total of eight wells at two sites on the Fylde, on the grounds that they would have an unacceptable visual impact and create too much noise. On Thursday, the company said it would submit appeals for both the shale gas exploration and accompanying arrays to monitor seismic activity and groundwater at the sites. If the exploration goes ahead, it will be the biggest round of fracking in the UK to date. Green campaigners said the appeal showed a “blatant disregard” for the views of local people.