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The majority of Tory councillors (80%) believe fracking companies should be required to submit a planning application before drilling, according to the results of a new poll.
The Government yesterday launched a consultation on plans to allow drilling for shale gas to go ahead without planning permission.
Government plans to move decisions on fracking applications away from local planning authorities would be 'hugely harmful' to local democracy, MPs warn.
The Government has launched a raft of new measures, including a £1.6m fund, to help local authorities deal with shale gas drilling applications.
MPs have launched an inquiry into the planning guidance for fracking provided to local authorities.
A £1b fund has been announced for communities near fracking sites to pay for extra facilities including parks, sports centres and libraries.
Campaigners have been granted permission to appeal against the decision to allow fracking in Lancashire.
The Government has rejected a plea from the police for extra funds to help pay for policing anti-fracking protests in Lancashire.
Fracking will be allowed to take place in North Yorkshire, after the High Court ruled the county council had acted lawfully when approving the planning application by Third Energy.
The decision on whether or not to allow fracking to go ahead should be in the hands of the local communities ‘most affected’, council chiefs say.