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Public consultation materials regarding a revised transport route strategy and related environmental information for Cuadrilla’s application for a temporary shale gas exploration site at Roseacre Wood, Lancashire have been released today. The consultation will run from 29th November 2017 to 10th January 2018.

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said:

“We believe that the proposed new route strategy and associated traffic management plan will meet the Secretary of State’s requirement to address outstanding highway safety questions. We will review feedback from the public consultation and look forward to presenting our proposals at the public inquiry next April.”

Following Lancashire County Council’s refusal of Cuadrilla’s original planning application to drill, hydraulically fracture and test up to four shale exploration wells at its Roseacre Wood site in June 2015, Cuadrilla submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State and a five-week public inquiry was held by Inspector Wendy McKay in February and March 2016.

On 6 October 2016, the Secretary of State confirmed that he had decided to give Cuadrilla and other parties the opportunity to provide any further evidence on highway safety and allow parties to make any representations at a new inquiry on that topic before reaching a final decision on the appeal. The Secretary of State said that subject to being satisfied that the highway safety issues identified by Inspector McKay can be satisfactorily addressed, he is minded to allow the appeal and grant planning permission subject to conditions. Subsequently Inspector Melvyn Middleton has been appointed to hear the evidence on highways safety at the reopened inquiry which is provisionally due to open at 10:00am on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 for an estimated eight sitting days.

Following the Secretary of State’s decision and against this background Cuadrilla appointed an independent traffic consultant who commissioned extensive traffic surveys over the summer and autumn this year to assess possible routes to the Roseacre Wood site. Based on the conclusions of this work, Cuadrilla is now proposing to utilise three routes to provide access for HGVs between the A583 and A585 and the Roseacre Wood site.

The management of the three routes in order to minimise disruption and ensure safe and efficient working will be set out in a Traffic Management Plan, in agreement with Lancashire County Council, which will itself be subject to a planning condition.

The revised transport route strategy and related environmental information, along with details on how to respond to the consultation can be found at www.cuadrillaresources.com/site/roseacre-wood and www.programmeofficers.co.uk/cuadrilla2

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