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New advice on fracking and the planning system for communities

22 March 2017

New advice will help local communities better understand the process by which shale gas extraction (commonly known as fracking) proposals are processed in the planning system. The guidance, published by the RTPI and Planning Aid England, gives a step-by-step outline of the process along with the key facts local communities, councillors and others interested in the process need to know.

It covers:

  • how shale gas is extracted
  • how applications are assessed and determined through the planning process
  • the role of other (not planning) regulatory bodies
  • how to advise communities affected by shale gas extraction proposals (advice for Planning Aid England volunteers)

Sarah Lewis, RTPI Planning Practice Officer said:

“Fracking applications have become some of the most emotive and controversial to be dealt with by councils. This advice clearly lays out the facts about the planning system in relation to fracking to help communities and councillors understand the process.”

The advice only applies to England, as it is the only part of the UK where shale gas extraction is currently permitted.

Read: Shale Gas Extraction – Fracking proposals and the planning system