On 19 July Government launched a consultation on proposed planning reforms for exploratory shale gas development in England. The main proposal is whether to designate exploratory drilling for shale gas resources should be a new form of "permitted development" - meaning that planning consent would not be required. The consultation closes on 25 October 2018.
Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ministers-seek-views-on-shale-planning-reforms
The consultation document is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/726916/Consultation_document_-_shale_gas_permitted_development.pdf