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Planning Application Fee Increase

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The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (Regulations) were made on 20 December 2017, essentially introducing a 20% increase in planning fees, and came into effect on 17 January 2018.

The increase was first considered by Government in the Housing White Paper published on 7 February 2017, which provided that steps would be taken to "secure the financial sustainability of planning departments; ensure that the planning system has the skilled professionals it needs to assess and make the tough decisions we expect; and provide targeted support to address areas of specialist weakness".  The additional fees levied are to be reinvested in resourcing local authority planning departments in a bid to improve the services provided to meet current demand.

To summarise a few of the key increases:

  • householder applications relating to the enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a single dwelling will now attract a fee of £206;
  • full applications for up to 50 residential dwellings will be charged at £462 per dwelling;
  • prior approval for the proposed Change of Use of Agricultural Building to a Dwellinghouse (Use Class C3), and Associated Building Operations will be charged at £206;
  • application for removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission will now cost £234;
  • outline planning applications for sites up to and including 2.5 hectares will be charged at £462 per 0.1 hectare.

In addition to applying a 20% increase to planning application fees, the Regulations also introduce:

  • a new fee of £402 per 0.1 hectare for Permission in Principle applications;
  • the ability for authorities to charge for applications for planning permission following the removal of permitted development rights through Article 4 directions or by condition;
  •  the ability for Mayoral and Urban Development Corporations to charge for providing a pre-application service;
  • a fee of £96 for prior approval applications to permitted development rights that were introduced in April 2015 and April 2017, including the rights for the installation of solar PV equipment on non-domestic buildings; the erection of click-and-collect facilities within the land area of a shop; the temporary use of buildings or land for film-making purposes; and the provision of temporary school buildings on vacant commercial land for state funded schools.

If you require any further information with regards to the application of the new fees please do not hesitate to contact the highly experienced Planning team at Roythornes.  It is important to ensure that the correct fee is paid to avoid delays in having applications validated and progressed by local planning authorities.

Our specialist Planning team helps land and property owners achieve their strategic goals, whether it be obtaining planning permission for a new development or assessing the impact of major infrastructure schemes on their land and interests.  

Details of the Planning team can be found here.