A 20 per cent increase in application fees for planning authorities in England came into force in January. The increase was introduced after government acknowledgment of concerns that a lack of resources in local authority planning departments was acting as a brake on development, and particularly on the government's housebuilding objectives.
The increase was allowed on condition that planning authorities "commit to invest the additional fee income in their planning department".
Nearly seven months on from the introduction of the fee increase, we want to find out what impact there has been so far on resourcing of local planning departments.
Last week, housing minister Kit Malthouse said that he would consider further measures to boost local authority planning team resources if it "becomes clear" that they are constraining development.
To make this as authoritative as possible, we need the help of senior managers in local authority planning departments. The survey involves a very brief questionnaire about how your planning department is structured and resourced. To complete the form, respondents will need a broad understanding of the departmental budget and staffing resources.
To begin the survey, please click here.
The deadline for responses is Friday 16 November at 8pm.