The Government has today published draft revised Planning Application Fees Regulations.
These provide for an increase of 20% to all existing fees for planning applications, as signposted in the recent Housing White Paper. Following consultation, every local planning authority in England agreed to plough the extra money received into planning department resources (although it is not clear how this will be monitored).
The new Regulations will not come into force until 28 days after they are made. They cannot be ‘made’ until approved by both Houses of Parliament, although the fee increases are expected to come into effect before the end of this year.
As well as an across-the-board 20% increase, the draft Regulations also introduce fees for applications for Permission in Principle, (when that new procedure comes into effect); enable Mayoral Development Corporations and Urban Development Corporations to charge for pre-application advice; and allow fees to be charged where an Article 4 Direction is in place withdrawing permitted development rights, or where those rights have been withdrawn by a planning condition (currently such applications are exempt from fees).
For further information on the how the fee increase will affect your future planning applications speak to your usual contact at Bell Cornwell or telephone us on 01256 766673.