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Q. Our local authority is receiving an increasing number of planning applications for detached granny annexes within the curtilage of dwellings. These are mostly self-contained and have all the facilities needed for a new dwelling, including bedrooms, lounges, kitchens and bathrooms. It is likely that the authority would impose a condition requiring such annexes to remain ancillary to the existing dwelling when permission is granted. In that light, should applicants pay an application fee of £462 for a new dwelling or £206 for domestic works? MT

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