Government warned it could lose vote over changes to shale gas planning rules

The government was warned this morning to drop proposals to change the planning rules on shale gas. MPs from all parties lined up in a parliamentary debate to criticise the ideas, announced in May and currently being consulted on. They would classify fracking shale gas developments as permitted development without the need for planning applications. Decisions on major production schemes would be made by ministers rather than local authorities.

 

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