Fracking: Planning Policies

Part of Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

As the hon. Lady will know, we have consulted on these permitted development rights. I am hopeful, once consideration by colleagues at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has finished, that we will be able to issue our response to that consultation. I would, however, point out to her that our ability to access gas allows us to stop burning coal. This country has just been through its longest period of not burning coal, by far the dirtiest of fuels, since the industrial revolution.