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Permitted Development


Permitted Development is part of UK planning law that allows people to carry out improvements on their home or property - such as loft conversions, putting up a fence, adding a small conservatory or putting up a garden shed - without having to apply to the local council for planning permission.

The government is now proposing that exploratory drilling for shale gas should also be considered as permitted Development, which means that oil and gas companies would not need to apply for planning permission from the local council to construct an exploratory fracking well pad.

A pad normally covers about 1.5 hectares and the drilling would last day and night for up to 8 months and the laying of miles of pipelines to take the gas away. Then once in operation would require over sixty HGV journeys per day to service the requirements of the site.

If this is passed the all the above would be allowed without planning permission.

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