Lancashire anti-fracking group launch legal bid to stop shale gas drilling

Protestors against fracking gather outside Lancashire County Hall in June. Credit: Press Association.

Formal legal proceedings have now been issued at the High Court against the Government’s decision to grant permission for fracking in Lancashire.

The legal challenge has been issued by the Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG).

They argue that the Government’s decision to overrule Lancashire County Council’s refusal of planning permission for fracking in Fylde is unlawful because the decision is fundamentally flawed as it failed to properly apply relevant planning laws and policy.

“Our clients believe that the government has made significant legal errors in overturning the Council’s refusal of planning permission to allow fracking on the site.

“For example, the decision appears to have been taken in breach of the Council's development plan, which restricts these types of developments, as well as in breach of the correct planning law tests. “This matters to our clients, some of whom live within 300 metres of the proposed site, because they fear that any development, which is not granted in compliance with these laws and policy, would be unsafe and unsustainable for the local area.”

– Rowan Smith, of law firm Leigh Day