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.