Shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (fracking)

Community engagement

Warrington Borough Council is required to make objective decisions on applications and is committed to being open and transparent about approaches made by companies.

The council will publicise any planning applications it receives, so local people have the opportunity to get involved and have their say. The council will publicise the fact that it has received a planning application by placing a press notice, erecting site notices and writing directly to people who live close by.

In addition, the shale oil and gas industry has set out its own Community Engagement Charter. This includes commitment to engage with communities early at each stage of the planning process.

However, there is no formal requirement for any works that take place under permitted development rights to be advertised. The council encourages any potential developer to engage with the local community.

The council always advertises applications and invites written comments. If the council does receive a planning application, people will be able to comment online, via email or in writing. Members of the public also have the opportunity to present their case in person at the committee meeting.

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