Councillor John Hodson’s motion was passed at West Lancs Borough Council Full Council meeting on Wednesday 24th Feb…..
“Lancashire County Council has spent significant time and resources ensuring that the process of determining planning applications on Fracking in Lancashire has been open, transparent and well informed.
The Development Control Committee received evidence and opinion from organisations both in favour of and opposed to Fracking, as well as from local resident groups, local businesses and public health professionals.
Whilst national government is rightly entitled to take a view and determine national policy regarding energy, we believe that the determination of individual planning applications should remain with the County Council as it is best able to consider local planning issues.
The Secretary of State is a member of a cabinet with a clear policy in favour of Fracking and he has made statements in favour of Fracking.
WLBC strongly supports Lancashire County Council as the legitimate democratic decision making body for Planning Applications on Fracking in Lancashire”.