Housing White Paper: Government to allow 20% fee rise from July

Local authorities will be able to increase fees by 20 per cent from July 2017 if they 'commit to invest the additional fee income in their planning department' the government has announced.

New homes: fees rise intended to support delivery
New homes: fees rise intended to support delivery

Today’s Housing White Paper says the government will "take steps 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".

It says the government councils will be able to increase fees by 20 per cent from July 2017 if they "commit to invest the additional fee income in their planning department".

"We are also minded to allow an increase of a further 20 per cent for those authorities who are delivering the homes their communities need and we will consult further on the detail. Alongside we will keep the resourcing of local authority planning departments, and where fees can be charged, under review", the document says.

A consultation response document, published alongside the white paper, says that the "the majority of respondents, from all sectors, supported increasing planning fees, often citing concerns about resourcing in local authority planning departments. Many suggested that planning fees should be increased above inflation, and a number of local authorities called for localised fee setting".

The document says that, alongside the proposed rise in fees, "we will continue to engage with areas interested in reforming their planning service and committing to performance improvements, in return for greater fee flexibility".


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