A woman walking past a message drawn in chalk during an anti-fracking demo which says: "The Power's with the People!"
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Fracking bids: Ministers to step in if councils too slow

Ministers are to be given the power to decide whether or not to approve applications for fracking - if local authorities are deemed to be taking too long to process them.

Councils that repeatedly take longer than 16 weeks to make a decision may lose the right to preside over future applications.

Environmental groups say the move will deny local residents a say.

Roger Harrabin reports.

  • 13 Aug 2015
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