Open consultation: Opposing fast-track fracking

Last month the UK government proposed changes to planning rules that would allow exploratory drilling for shale gas to be considered “permitted development”, removing the need for fracking companies to apply for planning permission. The consultation on this proposal is open now and closes on: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/permitted-development-for-shale-gas-exploration

I am very much against this and would seek for government to withdraw this proposal on the grounds that it is a misuse of the planning system and is not comparable activity  to the small developments – like  minor extensions, garden sheds or erecting a fence – that are normally considered under permitted development.

There’s no justification for bypassing the locally democratic planning system for this intrusive activity, the consequences of which are not fully understood and so I encourage all to make their voices heard through the public consultation.

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