• Tyler Parkes

Looming Increase in Planning Application Fees


More news on the Government’s housing white paper. In a time of squeezed budgets, the Government will be taking ‘steps to secure the financial sustainability of planning departments’. This sounds positive until it becomes clear councils will be able to increase their fees by up to 20% from July if they reinvest this into their planning departments.

This may only add up to tens of pounds for a householder applying for an extension, but the effect on developers could be significant, and delay applications when the Government is trying to speed up the process.

It gets worse for developers: if a council is meeting its housing targets, it may be allowed to increase fees by another 20%. Around two thirds of councils plan to meet the projected growth of their areas, so it could be more expensive to build in these areas, which could discourage building.

According to a consultation document published with the white paper, ‘the majority of respondents...support increasing fees... citing concerns about resourcing’ in planning departments. Raising planning fees may help councils provide a better service, but possibly at the expense of reduced supply and quality in the finished built product (which is already a problem with volume-built housing). Is this really what the Government wants?

#Applicationfees #Increase #HousingWhitePaper #Government

0 views
CONTACT US

Our architecture department is managed by registered architects

Royal Town Planning Institute Logo

We are RTPI Chartered

Town Planners

© Tyler Parkes 2020. The Tyler-Parkes Partnership Ltd is a registered company in England and Wales: 04102717 

How We Use Your Data and Terms of Use