Published: 18th May 2018

Critics of fracking have reacted angrily to the Government’s plans to streamline controversial fracking developments. The package was announced yesterday (May 17) as part of the Government’s modern industrial strategy, and includes an easing up of the regulation process for shale applications and the setting up of a new planning brokerage service which would focus ‘exclusively on the planning process and will have no role in the consideration or determination of planning applications.’ Also announced was a £1.6m ‘shale support fund’ to build capacity and capability in local authorities dealing with shale applications. Two Conservative MPs who have constituencies in areas potentially affected by fracking have hit out at the Government’s announcement on Twitter. Kevin Hollinrake MP tweeted: ‘Have serious concerns about potential new measures on shale gas, particularly permitted development and transfer to national planning system. Have spoken to ministers and will be submitting evidence to consultation and urge others … (To read the full article, subscribe below)