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Liz Truss could break fracking election pledge to bypass local opposition

Liz Truss is considering designating fracking sites as nationally important
infrastructure, potentially cutting out local communities and breaking a
leadership election promise, the Guardian can reveal.

During her campaign
to be the Conservative party leader, Truss said new sites would only go
ahead with local consent. However, those familiar with discussions in the
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), led by
Jacob Rees-Mogg, say there have been discussions about pushing through
sites without local approval by designating them as nationally significant
infrastructure projects (NSIPs).

This means they would bypass normal local
planning requirements. The designations usually apply to infrastructure
such as roads, airports and energy sites.

Guardian 22nd Sept 2022


September 22, 2022 - Posted by | politics, UK

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