Many of my constituents are concered about gas exploration in Shepherdswell. It is near an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I asked the Minister to restate the strong guidance about gas extraction near these areas.
Charlie: The villagers of Shepherdswell in my constituency are concerned about plans for onshore gas exploration there. They are adjacent to an area of outstanding natural beauty, so will the Minister restate the guidance on that matter?
Matthew Hancock (Energy Minister): Absolutely. My first act in this job was to strengthen the planning guidance and rules on the extraction of onshore oil and gas in national parks, AONBs and other places. That is an important reassurance to those who live in the most beautiful parts of our country that planning considerations for onshore oil and gas will be extremely tight.
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