The much talked about increase in planning fees edges ever closer, with draft regulations providing for a 20 per cent being laid before Parliament this week.
February’s Housing White Paper stated that local planning authorities would be allowed to raise their fees by 20 per cent from July, as long as they were ring-fenced to fund planning departments. However, the Government missed the deadline to lay the necessary regulations before Parliament prior to the summer recess. Perhaps understandably, the Government’s time comes at a premium these days, but draft regulations have now finally been set out.
This week’s draft regulations provide for an increase of approximately 20 per cent for all existing fees to be paid to local planning authorities in respect of applications, deemed applications, requests or site visits, according to an explanatory memorandum.
A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said:
“This government is committed to giving local authorities the tools they need to drive new housing and build the right homes in the right places.
“All councils have now accepted the 20 per cent planning fee increase announced in the housing white paper, and the regulations will now be subject to Parliamentary debate.”