Scottish government to consult on planning fees shake-up

A new planning fee regime for Scotland will be put out for consultation early next year, the Scottish planning minister announced this morning.

Aileen Campbell
Aileen Campbell
Speaking at the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland’s annual conference, Aileen Campbell said that the proposed new regime would include a wholesale redesign of the current system, rather than a percentage increase in the fees planning authorities are allowed to charge.

She added that new system had been designed in consultation with umbrella bodies the Coalition of Scottish Local Authorities and Heads of Planning Scotland.

Campbell said: "This will not be as it has in the past just a basic percentage increase, this will be a new proportionate fee structure that accurately reflects the costs of dealing with planning applications and the changing face of the developments coming forward for consideration and the resources required to deal with them.

"Changes will include looking at the categories of development and the fee maximum."

Earlier this year, public spending watchdog Audit Scotland warned that the gap between the cost of processing planning applications and the amount Scottish local authorities are able to charge developers has grown significantly in recent years.

The report also said that a new system for measuring how well the Scottish planning system is performing was required.

Responding to the Audit Scotland recommendation, Campbell said: "The Heads of Planning Scotland has been working with the Scottish government to develop a performance framework, which will measure both the pace of decision making and the quality of service, ensuring that we know what we’re doing well as a profession and where there is a need for further improvement."

adam.branson@haymarket.com

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