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 Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

I remind the Minister that the consultation he refers to closed last October. Twelve months ago, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee did a report opposing permitted development rights and opposing transferring part of the fracking regime to the national infrastructure regime. Given the amount of opposition on his own side, as well as on this side of the House, and in local communities, is the Minister now considering withdrawing those proposals and instead giving greater powers to communities to decide whether they want fracking in their areas?