On the 14 May 2019, High Court judge, Mr Justice Dove, issued a judgment which declared that the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s newly-added paragraph of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (paragraph 209(a) relating to onshore oil and gas development) was in fact, UNLAWFUL.
This is the key paragraph 209 (a) that has been quashed by the Judge.
“Minerals planning authorities should:
recognise the benefits of on-shore oil and gas development, including unconventional hydrocarbons, for the security of energy supplies and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy; and put in place policies to facilitate their exploration and extraction;”
Following this outcome, and in light of the minister’s following announcement, remind SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL in your objection that Paragraph 209 (a) of the NPPF is no longer part of the “soundness test” when it comes to plan-making; and that as the Minerals Planning Authority they must listen to arguments about new science on the climate change impact of fracking.