The best laid plans cost more than ever

THE Government has agreed an increase in planning application fees.

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests, and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 consolidate 12 separate statutory instruments dating back to 1989 and introduce new levels of fees that have been increased by 15 per cent in line with inflation since 2008.

Typically, the fee for enlarging, improving or altering a house will now be £172 and the cost of obtaining outline planning permission for a dwelling will be £385.

Councillor Sue Jepson, the cabinet member for planning at Cotswold District Council, said: “We have been expecting these increases for some time and we welcome their introduction. It is only fair for applicants to pay the rate for the job and the current planning application fees are normally insufficient to cover the costs of the work done by our planning officers to examine them in detail and provide a professional recommendation.”

More information about the new regulations can be found at legislation.gov.uk.

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