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CPRE encouraged by MPs report urging government to drop fracking plans

5 July 2018

A fracking site in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire A fracking site in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire Graham Cray

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomes a new report from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee today (5 July), which urges the government to drop its plans to fast-track fracking and dismisses the government proposals to do so as ‘hugely harmful’.

In May, a joint announcement from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government set out plans to streamline the planning process for fracking. CPRE condemned these proposals as they will diminish the abilities of communities to influence proposals in their area, undermine local democracy, and make getting planning permission for fracking exploration as easy as that for building a conservatory.

CPRE is deeply encouraged by recommendations from this new report which claim that ‘moving decision-making on fracking planning applications to a national level contradicts the principles of localism and would likely exacerbate existing mistrust between communities and the fracking industry.’

Daniel Carey-Dawes, Senior Infrastructure Campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said:

‘This report is a major blow for the government’s plans to fast-track fracking across England’s countryside. The report correctly highlights that local authorities are best placed to understand their local area and that the proposals would result in a significant loss of local decision-making:  further undermining trust between communities and the fracking industry.

‘The government must now heed these warnings and abandon plans to fast-track fracking. Failure to do so risks leading to the industrialisation of our countryside, all for the benefit of an industry that has no environmental, economic or social licence.’

CPRE are campaigning against the government’s proposals, and has launched a petition with 38 Degrees to get as many people as possible to show the government the scale of opposition.

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