Consultation outcome

Amendment to permitted development rights for petroleum exploration

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Government response to the consultation and invitation for views on further amendments

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Detail of outcome

This document provides a summary of the responses received to the individual consultation questions and the government’s response to them.

Following consideration of the representations received, we are now seeking views on further amendments to permitted development rights for petroleum exploration for the drilling of boreholes for seismic investigation and monitoring and for the location and appraisal of shallow mine workings.

These further proposals are related to the original proposals in that they should also assist in establishing a more informed baseline for future monitoring; provide information to inform any environmental statement for an environmental impact assessment; and inform the location of drilling sites for any future planning application for petroleum exploration.

In addition we are seeking views, in light of responses, to an extension of the proposed duration of the permitted development right for the drilling of boreholes for ground water monitoring in respect of petroleum exploration.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to

Summary

This consultation seeks views on a proposal to amend permitted development rights for potential petroleum exploration, including shale gas.

Documents

Amendment to permitted development rights for drilling boreholes for groundwater monitoring for petroleum exploration: technical consultation

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on the government’s proposal to amend Part 22 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 to allow the drilling of boreholes for groundwater monitoring for petroleum exploration.

This change would enable works to be carried out to establish baseline information on the groundwater environment in advance of, or in parallel to, any planning application(s) coming forward for such development.