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Posted 27 April 2017
by Simon Catterall

Twenty per cent increase in planning application fees

The Government has confirmed its commitment to bring forward legislation to increase planning fees by 20%. It is intended that the increase will take effect from this July. 

The Government has written to local planning authorities asking for confirmation that the increase will be used to invest the additional fee income solely towards the improvement of planning services. The Government has said that if an authority does not wish to charge the increased fee, the existing fee structure will remain in place.  Details have not been released of which authorities have accepted the offer, but it is reasonable to assume that most will have done so, especially as fees were last increased in 2012.

The increase is significant and clearly any developers intending to submit applications for any substantial development should confirm whether the planning authority intends to implement any increase and ensure wherever possible that they get their applications in before any increase takes effect.

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About the author

Simon Catterall


Solicitor for the planning team