Planners seek more time to decide on fracking bids

Cuadrilla,  has announced two new exploration sites in Lancashire. Roseacre Wood (Pictured )in Roseacre , Nr Elswick  and Little Plumpton  of the A583 Preston New Road , Nr blackpool'Pix Dave Nelson
Cuadrilla, has announced two new exploration sites in Lancashire. Roseacre Wood (Pictured )in Roseacre , Nr Elswick and Little Plumpton of the A583 Preston New Road , Nr blackpool'Pix Dave Nelson
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Planning bosses have asked for more time to consider applications for shale gas development on the Fylde coast.

Lancashire County Council has sought to extend the time agreed to make a decision on planning applications from energy firm Cuadrilla.

The firm is seeking to drill, frack, and test gas flows, with associated separate applications for environmental monitoring, at two sites at Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre.

The authority has written to the firm asking for further time to receive, organise, assess and present all the relevant information for the application to be determined by the committee.

County hall planners had previously set a date of November 5 to determine the Preston New Road application, and November 18 to determine the Roseacre application.

They have been working since June, when the applications were received, to consult with the public and other statutory agencies, and assess the applications, to ensure all the information needed to determine them is put before the Development Control Committee.

The council is seeking to extend the time agreed to determine the application for the Preston New Road site to December 31, 2014, and to extend the time agreed to determine the Roseacre application to January 31, 2015.