Wirral MP opposes government fracking plans
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23 Oct 2018
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has written to government
ministers to oppose plans to make changes to planning
rules which would support the development of shale gas
The government is proposing to treat non-fracking drilling
as 'permitted development' which is traditionally a system designed to deal
with minor building works such as putting up sheds, garden fences, house
extensions and phone kiosks. It would remove the current requirement on
fracking companies to apply for planning permission when drilling or sampling a
well, which is often the first step towards fracking.
Another government proposal is to include shale
production projects into the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
Regime, which would mean final planning permission for shale production
projects would be taken away from local authorities and given to central
Margaret Greenwood MP, who led the successful campaign
against drilling for coal gas in the Dee estuary, said:
“I am extremely concerned about the government’s proposals.
“They should be boosting renewable energy projects, not
encouraging the use of fossil fuels by making the planning process easier for
"I am also concerned that the Government is looking to
make changes to the planning system that will undermine local
decision-making. We should give planning authorities greater powers to put
people and communities at the heart of planning.
"I will oppose the Government's current proposals on
this issue at every opportunity. The Government should be banning fracking, not
There are currently two ongoing government consultations on
the above issues which can be accessed via the following links:
Both run until 23:45 on 25 October.
Margaret Greenwood added:
“I would urge anyone who would like to contribute to these
consultations to do so before the deadline.”
It is Labour policy to ban fracking altogether.