Conservatives back fracking and seeks to take some shale decisions away from local councils

ConsManifesto.jpgA Conservative government would take some decisions on shale gas drilling plans out of local control.In the manifesto published this morning, the party said:

  • Drilling that did not involve fracking would be classed as permitted development and would not need planning permission
  • Major shale planning decisions could be made by a government minister rather than a local council planning committee.

This marks a major change in policy for the Conservatives, who have previously promised “local people know best” and there would be “no compromise” in taking account of the views of local communities.

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Conservatives back fracking and seeks to take some shale decisions away from local councils

 

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