North Yorkshire launches consultation on fracking application

North Yorkshire County Council has launched an eight-week public consultation on an application by Third Energy to test for shale gas.

The consultation for testing for shale gas at an existing well site near Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire will run until 14 October.

In a statement, the council said the 16-week timeframe for the local authority to make a decision expires on 18 November.

“It is essential that the County Council, in making a decision on this application, diligently consults and then considers the representations it receives in line with relevant planning legislation and guidance. To that end we have agreed with the applicant to extend the usual 21-day consultation period to eight weeks,” said the council.

 

The consultation is the first to take place following calls from Energy Secretary Amber Rudd for councils to speed up fracking applications.

 

Earlier this month, the Government said councils who fail to reach a decision in the 16-week timeframe could lose the right to make future decisions on fracking.

 

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues