Communities secretary James Brokenshire cited traffic issues in rejecting plans for four wells
Campaigners have welcomed the government’s decision to reject a planning appeal by shale gas firm Cuadrilla to frack at a second site in Lancashire, capping a week of bad news for the industry.
James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, said he was turning down the appeal for planning permission to develop four fracking wells in the Fylde area because of traffic concerns.
The Roseacre Wood site would have a “serious and very significant” impact on road safety because of traffic and the project was not a sustainable development, he said.
Local opponents were jubilant. “We are absolutely delighted that at last the government are listening to the community on this occasion and have realised that this industry is not suitable,” said Barbara Richardson of residents’ group, Roseacre Awareness Group.
The Green party said the decision was a “real win” for Lancashire anti-fracking campaigners, while Cat Smith, the Labour MP for Lancaster, said it was “great news”.
Cuadrilla said it was “naturally disappointed” at the refusal and would be examining the details in full before taking a position.
The firm said it was continuing to focus on its Preston New Road site near Blackpool, which it fracked late last year.'
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