Fracking: Planning Permission

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 19th March 2018.

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Photo of Lord Risby Lord Risby Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce delays in the planning process for shale gas development.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Through the 2017 manifesto we have put forward proposals to treat non-fracking drilling as permitted development. These proposals aim to establish expert planning functions to support local councils, and, when necessary, for major shale planning decisions to be made the responsibility of the National Planning Regime. We will continue to consider any further measures needed to help speed up the planning process.

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