Press release: Government launches consultation on community involvement in shale gas proposals

first_img Contact form https://forms.communit… Developers would then be able to address concerns where possible before submitting final proposals to local authorities.Early engagement with communities at the pre-application stage would give local people an earlier say on proposals, whilst making developers aware of issues of importance to the community that may need to be resolved through working with the relevant local authority.It’s part of the government’s commitment to speed up decision making, as it’s recognised that no one benefits from unnecessary delays when determining planning applications.Those with an interest have until Monday 7 January 2019 to respond.Today’s announcement follows the consultation on re-designating exploratory drilling as permitted development. This closed on Thursday 25 October and a response is currently being considered.Further informationView the consultation documentation.The new planning rulebook and existing guidance makes it clear that early engagement has potential to improve the effectiveness of the system for all those involved. However, the proposed reforms out for consultation seek to take it a step further by making it a formal requirement before submitting an application. Media enquiries Social media – MHCLG 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 require developers to publish relevant information open a meaningful dialogue with communities and stakeholders listen to residents and take account of what they say Shale gas developers could be required to consult local communities, even before submitting a planning application, following the launch of the latest government consultation seeking to further reform shale industry practice in England.Launched today (31 October 2018), the consultation seeks the views on whether to: Email [email protected] General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Office address and general enquiries Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more