Lancashire

Fracking at Little Plumpton: 11,000 responses to consultation

Entrance to Little Plumpton field Image copyright PA
Image caption Protestors set up camp at the Little Plumpton site following the application

A consultation on an energy company's plans to drill for shale gas in Lancashire has received 11,000 responses, the county council has said.

The application by Cuadrilla to drill at Little Plumpton, near Blackpool, led to anti-fracking campaigners camping on the land in protest.

The protestors were banned from occupying the land by Manchester High Court on 28 August.

A consultation on similar plans at Roseacre runs until 19 September.

Cuadrilla applied to Lancashire County Council in June to hydraulically fracture for shale gas at the Preston New Road site in Little Plumpton and at Roseacre.

A spokesman said the council would "carefully consider all the responses we've received before making a recommendation to the committee".

Campaign alliance Frack Free Lancashire said local groups had lodged 5,000 objections to drilling at both sites and Friends of the Earth supporters had put in 4,500 objections to the Little Plumpton plans.

'Good neighbour'

The Preston New Road action group's Patricia Davies said they had been "overwhelmed by the support we have received from local residents and businesses".

"Thousands of objections have been lodged to this site and it is clear that local residents don't want the Fylde fracked."

Image caption Cuadrilla has applied to carry out drilling at Roseacre and Little Plumpton

When the locations of the two drilling sites were announced, Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan said the company had decided to focus on them to reduce the impact on the local area.

He said the company is "committed to being a good neighbour and to talking with the community at every stage of the process".

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