Scottish government outlines plan to cap fees at £125,000

The Scottish government has published proposals to increase planning fees for major developments to £125,000 so that the planning system 'moves towards full cost recovery'.

Housing: consultation proposes significant fees rise
Housing: consultation proposes significant fees rise

A consultation document, published yesterday, says that the Scottish government has "committed to consulting on enhanced fees, following the independent review of planning recommendation that fees for major applications should be increased substantially so that the service moves towards full cost recovery".

The consultation seeks views on a new fee maximum of £125,000 for major applications for most categories of development.

It says that planning fees in Scotland are currently capped at £18,270, £20,055 and £30,240 depending on the category of development.

Under the proposals, there would be no change to the current planning fee per unit of £401 for housing developments up to 50 units.

Housing developments containing 50 residential units would pay £20,050 and any additional unit would be charged at £200 per unit until the fee maximum of £125,000 for 575 houses is reached.

The consultation document says that the Scottish government "will be considering wider changes to the fee structure, including scope for further discretionary charging taking account of changes to the planning system flowing from the review".


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