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Relax fracking planning laws ministers say

Published 18th May 2018

The government has proposed a relaxation in the planning laws which apply to fracking. Ministers are proposing a Shale Environmental Regulator and a new Planning Brokerage Service and, under the plans, preliminary drilling might be classed as permitted development - the same law that allows people to build a small conservatory.

Energy Minister Claire Perry said: "This package of measures delivers on our manifesto promise to support shale and it will ensure exploration happens in the most environmentally responsible way while making it easier for companies and local communities to work together".

The Campaign to Protect Rural England warned that the proposals were “an outright assault on local communities.” The LGA said it would oppose “any proposal for shale exploration to be allowed to bypass the locally democratic planning system through permitted development or national planning inspectors,” and added that “Local planning procedure exists for a reason.”

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