Councils dealing with planning applications for shale gas developments were invited today to bid for a share of £1.2m.
The government said the money would help mineral planning authorities get extra technical expertise and support.
The scheme, administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) offers money for dealing with applications for exploration, appraisal or production.
“The fund will support the capability and capacity of mineral planning authorities to deal with applications, with due process and a fair hearing, in an efficient and timely manner.”
The Department said the money was available for:
- Pre-application discussions and scoping requests – up to £50,000
- Application processing – up to £170,000
- Post decision discharging and monitoring conditions – up to £30,000
The money is for the current financial year, ending in April 2018. It will not be available for legal challenges or contesting appeals against non-determination of an application, DCLG said.