You may be aware that the Government is consulting on granting Permitted Development Rights (PDR) for exploratory drilling and inclusion of shale gas production under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regime (NSIP). The NFU has put in objections to these proposals as, amongst other reasons, it “…disagrees with the government proposals to take shale gas production out of the hands of local planning decision making”.
If fracking were to become part of the NSIPs, it could strengthen the compulsory purchase powers of the shale gas (fracking) industry which would impact the rights of farmers and landowners. There is due to be a debate in Westminster and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) is urging people to contact their MPs to attend the debate, which is taking place at 4.30pm on 31st October.
Farmers and landowners may wish to contact their MPs to ask them to attend – which can be done using this link: https://takeaction.cpre.org.uk/page/32602/action/1?locale=en-GB – and follow this situation closely.