Hydrocarbons must be in Minerals Plan says Green Councillor

12 October 2018

 

Until now Lancashire's Minerals and Waste Local Plan has made no reference to hydrocarbons despite the controversial new shale gas industry about to start fracking in the Fylde.

Councillor Gina Dowding is putting forward a motion to Lancashire County Council to change this in the current review of the Minerals plan in order for the County to excercise more control of where and how the applications for shale gas come forward. 

In a motion to be discussed on 18th October at Full Council she is asking Council to include a section on hydrocarbons and to ensure that criteria are set that take into account the need for action to reduce carbon emissions. 

Gina said:

'In light of the controversial processes currently underway within the County for exploration and appraisal, and ultimately production of unconventional hydrocarbons, it is imperative that the Minerals and Waste Local Plan includes criteria for the production of hydrocarbons within the plan.

 Just last week the IPCC issued new start warnings of  the need  for urgent action necessary within the next 12 years to drastically reduce carbon emissions to avoid climate breakdown.  

This is in line with ongoing UK government commitments in the 2008 Climate Change Act and as signatories to the COP21 Paris Agreement.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) support a move to a low carbon future,  and NPPG provides examples of where hydrocarbon extraction proposals can integrate mitigation measures.

There can be no more delays to action across all sectors and Lancashire must play its part." 

 

The Full motion reads as follows

Council notes:

The Joint Lancashire Minerals and Waste Local Plan is currently under review.

Council believes:

That in light of the controversial processes currently underway within the County for exploration and appraisal, and ultimately production of unconventional hydrocarbons, it is imperative that the Minerals and Waste Local Plan includes criteria for the production of hydrocarbons within the plan.

 

Council resolves:

As part of the review:

- To instruct officers to include a section in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan on criteria related to the  production of hydrocarbons.

- To include a criterion for production of hydrocarbons which takes into account the growing need for action on reducing carbon emissions.

 

This is in line with ongoing UK government commitments in the 2008 Climate Change Act and as signatories to the COP21 Paris Agreement. National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG)support a move to a low carbon future and NPPG provides examples of where hydrocarbon extraction  proposals can integrate mitigation measures.

 

 

 






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