Fracking Fast-Track For Planning System
The government has announced details of how it intends to fast-track fracking applications through the planning system. The rules are being changed to allow the government to take over decisions on shale gas appeals, in a move designed to allow the it to force through Cuadrilla’s upcoming appeal of the rejection of its applications in Lancashire.
The move will also allow the government to sanction councils which do not approve planning applications in what it considers to be a fast enough time (i.e. 13/16 weeks). With a whole new round of fracking licences in the process of being given away the government is keen to try to remove any obstacles to fracking development.