Category: House Prices

House Prices

How big would your mess of pottage have to be?

How big would your mess of pottage have to be?

Cuadrilla proudly announced today that local residents, when surveyed, had indicated that they wanted the “community benefit” promised by Cuadrilla to go to their own pockets and not to other local causes. Maybe it’s hard to blame them – if you lose 7% (government estimate from the 2014 Shale Gas...

UKOOG mislead on fracking impact

UKOOG mislead on fracking impact

UKOOG issued a new report on Fracking on 10th January 2017, with a press release claiming “UKOOG publishes study showing limited impact of shale gas development on countryside” With no sense of irony,  they gave the report the title “DEVELOPING SHALE GAS AND MAINTAINING THE BEAUTY OF THE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE”...

Fracking bribes and house prices

Fracking bribes and house prices

Hot on the heels of Theresa May’s attempt to ignite the flare stack of public enthusiasm for fracking by offering householders bribes to accept it, comes an article from Mortgage Insider which fractures one of the main seams of her argument, releasing the very gas of truth into the air....

Inducements and Bemusements

Inducements and Bemusements

So yesterday the National Press all reported on a new consultation on fracking, launched personally, it would appear, by Theresa May. Except we haven’t yet (at the time of writing) been allowed to see its contents. Nevertheless the papers were hyperventilating about the news that individuals rather than councils would...

Chair of DEFRA Panel confirms accuracy of Rural Impacts study?

Chair of DEFRA Panel confirms accuracy of Rural Impacts study?

A recent article in the Solicitors’ Journal entitled “Fracking: What you need to consider” discusses issues which need to be considered by conveyancing solicitors in areas where fracking may take place. [The article can only be accessed in full by registered users but you can sign up for a free...

So what did the government NOT want you know about the impacts of fracking?

So what did the government NOT want you know about the impacts of fracking?

The Report on The Shale Gas Rural Economy impacts was published in heavily redacted form, generating a storm of protest in March 2014. Over a year later, and coincidentally just after the LCC decisions on Cuadrilla’s two development site applications, on July 1st 2015, the full report was finally published....

Those DEFRA Redactions exposed

Those DEFRA Redactions exposed

Last night DEFRA released the previously redacted report on the impacts of fracking on the rural economy. Whilst much of the report tells us nothing we didn’t already know, what is fascinating is the extent to which the redaction illustrate the Government’s desperation to remain “on-message” as far as shale...

Fracking and House prices

Fracking and House prices

Yes – it’s that inconvenient story that just won’t go away. Estate Agency Today carries the following story today Fracking could hit house prices, warn surveyors Monday 15th April 2013 Ministers are wrong to say that fracking will not blight house prices, a national surveying service has warned. The Department...

Guest blog post – Professor Mike Stephenson’s Lecture

Guest blog post – Professor Mike Stephenson’s Lecture

On Monday 1th January, Professor Mike Stephenson gave a lecture on Shale Gas: Fracking, Groundwater and Earthquakes at Lancaster University. One of Refracktion’s supporters was able to get a ticket and this is their report on the lecture. The talk was organised by the Lancaster University Environment Centre and Royal...