Government seeks views on proposals to bypass local council control of shale gas schemes

Two consultations opened this afternoon on government proposals to fast-track decisions on shale gas developments in England.

One proposal is to allow shale gas exploration projects to go-ahead without the need for a planning application. The government wants to make non-fracking projects permitted development. This is system currently in place for small house extensions, installation of garden sheds and change of use of offices.

The other proposal is to classify major shale gas production developments as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. This would take them out of local authority control and give decisions to the Local Government Secretary.

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