A PUBLIC talk on recent Government plans to change planning laws on fracking is to be held in Malton tomorrow (Thursday).

Kevin Hollinrake MP, Nicholas Howard, district and county councillor Lindsay Burr, Andy Tickle of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), Frank Colenso of Frack-Free Ryedale and Kenelm Storey of the Thirsk and Malton constituency Conservative Association will all speak.

The subject will be recent Government plans which would make exploratory drilling for gas equivalent in planning law to putting up a garden shed.

These attempts to make drilling a "permitted development" akin to general home improvements has been widely rejected by councils, including Ryedale District Council, town councils across the district and a number of parish councils - and concerns have also been voiced by local MPs.

Representatives of Frack Free Malton and Norton have also described the move as “an assault on localism”, but it has been defended by pro-fracking organisations.

The talk will take place at the Milton Rooms in Malton tomorrow (Thursday) from 8pm to 10pm.

Entry is free.