Proposed 15% rise in Planning Fees

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Proposed 15% rise in planning fees

August 2012

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A change in planning application fees has been highlighted in the recently published Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012.

Planning application fees have not risen since 2008 but the draft regulations propose an increase of 15% in line with inflation. The new fees will come into force in Autumn 2012, although the exact date is yet to be announced. 
 
It is hoped that the extra income generated through the rise in planning application fees will provide Local Planning Authorities with the resources to make decisions on planning applications more efficiently and effectively.
 
The most common fees which may affect Fisher German clients are likely to be increased as follows:
 
  • Agricultural determination applications - £80 (was £70)
  • Change of use business - £385 (was £335) 
  • Change of use householder application - £172 (was £150)
  • Construction of car parks/service roads/access – £195 (was £170)
  • Full planning permission for dwellings - £385 for each dwelling house up to 50 dwellings (was £335); and £19,049 (was £16,565) and an additional £115 (was £100) for each dwelling in excess of 50 dwellings, with a maximum total of £250,000 (no change)
  • Outline permission for dwellings - £385 for each 0.1 hectare of sites that do not exceed 2.5 hectares (was £335); and £9,527 (was £8,2845), with an additional £115 (was £100) for each 0.1 hectares for sites which exceed 2.5 hectares, with a maximum charge of £125,000
If you are considering applying for planning permission, now is a good time to consider acting in order to avoid the increase in fees.
 
Should you have any queries, or require further information, please contact a member of the planning team on 01530 412821.
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