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The Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) and campaigner Gayzer Frackman urged a judge to find that the decision to approve a planning application for the site in Fylde was not fair or lawful.
At a hearing at Manchester Civil Justice Centre last month, Mr Justice Dove was told that the planning application by developer Cuadrilla was refused by Lancashire County Council in 2015, but later granted following an appeal and a planning inquiry.
The scheme was given the go-ahead last October by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
David Wolfe QC, on behalf of PNRAG, told the judge that the action group was “wrong-footed” because a planning inspector's decision to approve the site was based on an argument made after their closing submissions at the inquiry, when the group's advocate was not present.
The scheme was given the go-ahead by Sajid Javid after it was turned down by the council
He said the inspector's decision that the site would not have a significant impact on the landscape because it was only granted permission for a temporary period was not lawful and breached the council's development plan.
Marc Willers QC, on behalf of Mr Frackman, said the site would lead to a “considerable quantity of greenhouse gas emissions”.
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Fracking, a technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale rock from deep underground. 'Frack Off' is a campaign aimed at stopping the extraction of unconventional resources in the UK.
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Police and climate protesters clash as police move in on a section of an anti-fracking demonstration outside the test drill site operated by British energy firm Cuadrilla Resources in Balcombe, southern England
He said the gas produced at the fracking site would go directly to homes and industry.
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Mr Willers told the court: “There will be no assessment of these greenhouse gas emissions arising from the gas being pumped through the gas grid to homes and industry.”
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The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and developer Cuadrilla were represented at the hearing, but the court was told Lancashire County Council was not taking part in the proceedings.
Mr Justice Dove is to announce his decision at the High Court in London.