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News in Brief: Fracking firm requests deferral, local action against turbines

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 27 January, 2015

Inspector to decide Shropshire drilling plans

Controversial plans to drill for gas in Shropshire will now be decided by a government inspector after Shropshire Council’s north planning committee told a meeting in October 2014 that they were minded to refuse the plans and asked applicant Dart Energy to provide more information about the scheme. Dart Energy, however, said it has provided enough information and wants a decision to be made. The company has lodged an appeal with the government planning inspector, citing non-determination by the council.

Local action against turbines

A public meeting is being held tonight (27 January) in a West Cork community to discuss the planned construction of six wind turbines. The turbines will be 131 metres in height and are to be constructed in Barnadivane. Locals believe that more turbines are in the pipeline for the area and a support group has been formed to fight the development.

Cuadrilla seeks fracking decision delay

Last week, The Planner reported that applications by Cuadrilla for two shale gas fracking sites had been tipped for refusal by Lancashire County Council. Following the recommendation, Cuadrilla has asked that decisions on its applications be delayed, with the company writing to the chair of the council’s development control committee, outlining additional information regarding further mitigation measures on noise and traffic concerns. As this would require consultation, it has requested a deferral on the decisions for both applications - Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.

Almost £10m funding for Scottish coastline

In the third round of the government’s £116.6 million Coastal Communities Fund, communities from Stranraer to Shetland will benefit from £9.58 million. The funding aims to improve the local economy and transport facilities as well as to create jobs.

£3m wind energy investment

Urban Wind, based in Glasgow, has won contracts to develop three wind energy projects in the UK. A 500 kilowatt (kW) wind turbine will be constructed on a farm in Fife, and 100 kW turbines will be installed on sites in Cambridgeshire and Pembrokeshire.  Chief executive of Urban Wind, Paul McCullagh, said the company has started the year strongly, with projects across the country either confirmed or planned. The Fife project will begin in February, while the Cambridgeshire and Pembrokeshire projects will begin in March.