Whatever you think about fracking, it appears that the Government is taking steps to ensure that we have a fracking industry in the UK.The latest Government guidance makes it clear that the Government will not allow local authorities to delay planning decisions on fracking.They have been told that they must rule on all fracking applications within the current 16 week statutory framework.In the past, decisions may have been delayed for months.
The Energy Secretary Amber Rudd explained the Government’s reasoning:
“we need more secure, homegrown energy supplies – and shale gas must play a part in that”.
If local authorities fail to act within the 16 week period then the Government may make the planning decision on their behalf.
Government will step in if councils don't fast-track fracking applications New planning guidance gives local authorities 16 weeks to approve or reject planning applications, after which ministers can intervene on a decision Anti-fracking campaigners celebrating outside county hall in Preston after Lancashire county council rejected Cuadrilla's application to frack for shale gas at two sites - Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood - in the county, 29 June 2015. Campaigners celebrate after Lancashire county council rejects Cuadrilla’s application to frack at two sites. The case took a long time due to the need to extend deadlines to get more information, says Lancashire council. Ministers will intervene on planning applications for controversial fracking operations if local authorities fail to act quickly enough, the government announced on Thursday, in a bid to fast-track fracking.