From August to October 2018 the Government consulted on proposals to streamline the planning process for fracking – disregarding widespread opposition and posing huge risks to our countryside.
The proposals would treat “non-fracking” exploratory drilling (often the first step towards fracking) as “permitted development”, making it as easy as putting up a shed or building a conservatory. With 17,820km2 kilometres of England covered by oil and gas licenses, this could lead to the wide scale industrialisation of the countryside.
The proposals would also mean final planning permission for shale production projects would be taken away from local authorities and given to central Government (under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Regime). This would step over local decision makers and communities’ wishes.
The four Labour MPs in Kirklees replied to constituents’ communications about this issue. You can read the MPs’ replies below: