Other changes include the launch of a new £1.6m shale support fund over the next two years to help local authorities cope with with shale applications, a new planning brokerage service for shale applications to provide guidance to developers and local authorities on the planning process to cut time, and treating an appeals against refusal of permission as a priority for the Planning Inspectorate to further speed things up.
"Domestic shale gas production can secure the UK's energy supply by reversing the increasing reliance on gas imports and ensure that the public has the means to heat and power their homes".
"We believe that it is right to utilise our domestic gas resources to the maximum extent and exploring further the potential for onshore gas production from shale rock formations in the United Kingdom, where it is economically efficient, and where environment impacts are robustly regulated", he said.
Fast-track fracking plan by UK government prompts criticism
The ideas have won industry support, but fracking opponents and environmentalists have reacted with anger, saying the proposals would "pervert the planning process' and force fracking on communities". "Building capacity and capability within local authorities to deal with shale development is a vital step towards speeding up decision making", he said.
Under the plans there would be a consultation this summer on the principle of whether non-hydraulic fracturing shale gas exploration development should be treated as "permitted development", which would not require planning permission. "Britain's fracking experiment was on life support and now the government is trying its best to shock it back into life".
"This announcement is a green light for climate breakdown".
Her comments were echoed by Rebecca Newsome, head of politics at Greenpeace UK.More news: India declares 'conditional ceasefire' in Occupied Kashmir during Ramazan
Since test fracking triggered a small quake in Blackpool seven years ago, no commercial fracking has yet started.
And fracking in widely used in the United States, where it has revolutionised the energy industry.
"Communities and their local councils across the United Kingdom have said no in every way they can, but the government have turned a deaf ear to everyone who doesn't own fossil fuel company".
"We are aware that the shale applications and the planning process can be complex for local authorities".More news: Trump urged Merkel to abandon the "Nord stream-2"
The shale arm of chemicals giant Ineos - which has licenses to drill at several sites in the United Kingdom - said the country potentially had enough home-grown gas to be self-sufficient for years.
But their concerns were dismissed by petrochemicals giant Ineos, which said delays in exploiting United Kingdom gas was leading the country to become dependent on imports from Russian Federation and the Middle East.More news: Uzbekistan assures USA on Afghanistan distribution route