Shale Gas (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4500
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What noise regulations would apply to a planning application for an oil or shale gas fracking installation in London?

Answer

Answer for Shale Gas (3)

Answer for Shale Gas (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Shale Gas is defined by Government as a form of mineral extraction, so all planning applications would be dealt with by the minerals planning authority (in London this is the boroughs). As the London Plan is part of the development plan for their areas boroughs should take into account its relevant policies eg noise.

Government has produced comprehensive guidance to minerals planning authorities in dealing with fracking applications:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/224238/Planning_practice_guidance_for_onshore_oil_and_gas.pdf

Paragraph 30 of the Guidance includes noise amongst a list of principal issues to be addressed at planning application determination stage, and Annex D of the Guidance gives a model planning condition for noise, but it does not suggest that noise needs to be addressed differently from any other type of planning issue.