But the second proposed site, Roseacre Wood, was not given permission and Cuadrilla was told to “think again” about how Roseacre’s country lanes would cope with heavy lorries.
Cuadrilla submitted three revised routes for traffic, but Secretary of State James Brokenshire said “the proposed development would have a serious and very significant adverse impact on the safety of people using the public highway”.
A department letter added Mr Brokenshire “considers that it is not possible to conclude that the demonstrable harm associated with that issue would be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level”.
It said the “highway safety issues carry very substantial weight against the proposal” and therefore planning permission was refused.
Cuadrilla wanted to drill up to four wells at the site.
A spokesperson said: “We are naturally disappointed about the decision on Roseacre Wood and will examine the details in full before reaching a position.
“However, we continue to be focused on the shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road, where we have recently released very encouraging flow test results from the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well.”
Jamie Peters, from Friends of the Earth, said the decision was “fantastic news that will come as a huge relief to Roseacre residents”.
“It’s also a triumph for the tireless campaigners who have worked long and hard for this outcome,” he added.