The Government yesterday announced a commitment to ban fracking in National Parks.
The Government’s commitment is to an outright ban on fracking in National Parks, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
This is an extension of existing Government commitments. Previously the Government published guidance that confirmed planning permission should be refused in National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, except in exceptional circumstances and where it can be demonstrated they are in the public interest.
This was announced as part of the debate of the Infrastructure Bill in the House of Commons.
A Government Spokesperson said, “The Government has already built a robust regulatory system for the development of the shale industry in the UK. Today we are committing to formalise the safeguards, including a new ban on fracking in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Successfully extracting shale gas out of the ground can create a whole new British industry, creating jobs, and make us less reliant on imports from abroad, but we recognise the need for a measured approach for this nascent industry.”
Adapted from press release by Joe Green