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Shale Gas Extraction

Fracking proposals and the planning system


Shale Gas CoverApplications for shale gas extraction (commonly known as fracking) have become one of the most emotive and controversial applications that a local planning authority can receive. Many local communities have become very concerned about the potential impact of shale gas extraction on their local area, resulting in a high level of scrutiny and representations on individual proposals. It is a process that is little understood by the public, but one that has been the subject of many sensational stories that has generated a fear of the unknown.

This advice aims to clearly outline the facts about fracking for Planning Aid volunteers, politicians, community groups and individuals affected by proposals.

Download the full report here.


It covers:

  • How shale gas is extracted
  • How applications are assessed and determined by 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).

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

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