Council objects to Wyre Estuary gas storage plans

Wyre estuary
Image caption Halite Energy Group hopes to store gas underground in Lancashire

Lancashire County Council has submitted a report formally objecting to plans to store gas underground in Over Wyre.

Halite Energy Group plans to store up to 900 million cubic meters of natural gas in 19 purpose-built caverns at Preesall.

The company claims it would create up to 3,000 jobs across the UK.

But the council's cabinet member for the environment, Michael Green, said the development would damage the rural and coastal landscape.

'Protect landscape'

"The impact of the development site on the local area would be considerable and it is only right that we have thoroughly examined the proposals and commented on them in detail," he said.

"We have concluded that the detrimental impact this scheme would have on the rural and coastal areas included in the plan far outweighs the intended benefits.

"The scale and design of the proposals does not, in our view, sufficiently protect the landscape or natural environment for future generations."

The proposed development is being examined by the Planning Inspectorate and a final decision will be made by April 2013.

Three similar applications for the site have been rejected.

Residents in Over Wyre have previously campaigned against similar plans.

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