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Lancs anti-fracking group granted leave to appeal State Secretary's decision

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Preston New Road in Fylde, where Cuadrilla are building an industrial-scale 'test-fracking' site
Preston New Road in Fylde, where Cuadrilla are building an industrial-scale 'test-fracking' site
Author: 
Chris Satori

 

Anti-fracking campaigners Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) have been granted permission to appeal against Secretary of State Sajid Javid's decision to allow fracking in Lancashire.

The High Court had previously dismissed the bid by PNRAG to overturn the government's decision to approve a fracking application by Cuadrilla, after Lancashire County Council had rejected it. (Read previous report "Government forces fracking onto Lancashire")

The court of appeal has now granted the appeal on the grounds that the Secretary of State has made legal errors in terms of interpreting policy, and denying a fair hearing during the planning process.

A statement from the PNRAG stated: ‘We have put forward credible evidence through our legal team indicating why we believe that decision is unlawful and should be overturned.

‘It is important to remember that local democracy has been dismantled and denied in Lancashire to allow Cuadrilla and this fossil fuel industry to press ahead.’

Rowan Smith, the solicitor at Leigh Day dealing with the case, added: 'Encouragingly, Lord Justice Jackson also concurred that our point about the National Planning Policy Framework is indeed a matter of general public importance, given the correct application of the rules will have far reaching effects for many other planning law cases.'

 

 

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