PNRAG’s Appeal rejected by Royal Courts of Justice
The Judgement from our appeal held last August has been handed down and sadly the appeal has not gone in our favour.
The judges appear to have agreed with the conclusions from our Judicial Review on all 4 of the grounds we raised.
We are deeply disappointed at the decision made by Lord Justice Simon, Lord Justice Lindblom and Lord Justice Henderson, following our appeal at the High Court in August last year as it was felt that our legal team had put a really strong case forward and we were optimistic about getting a positive result.
Our community has been marginalised and dismissed in favour of a decision made in the depths of Westminster.
Over 100,000 people objected to this fracking application. In addition, our parish council, Fylde Borough Council and Lancashire County Council rejected the application. They had a duty of care to local residents and they fulfilled that duty. They determined that the risks of this industry far outweighed any benefits to the local community.
By overruling Lancashire County Council, this decision only benefits big business. The last three years of this fracking challenge process has damaged democracy and trust in politicians, leaving our community feeling vulnerable and unrepresented.
We will now take time to scrutinise the decision documents and liaise with our legal team. Our end goal has not changed: we are still intent on achieving justice for the Preston New Road community and beyond.