Have your say on local planning fees
First I’d like to apologise for the lack of content recently. The problem is that in common with many of our colleagues we’re in a period of limbo at the moment while we wait to hear our fate in the Comprehensive Spending Review. We’ve submitted a business case for the next four years and we wait with bated breath.
Meanwhile, we are still beavering away trying to encourage as much online submission as possible and trying to play our part in communicating the ever-changing planning landscape.
On that topic, you may be aware that DCLG is currently consulting on the subject of localisation of planning application fees.
I would like to encourage you to make your views known on the topic. For example, if you submit planning applications to more than one local authority you might like to consider the impact of differentiated fees on the usability of the electronic system.
Meanwhile, if you’re a local planning authority, I’d like to understand how you are planning to operate with regard to electronic applications and in particular our fee calculator.
Feel free to contact me personally if you’re nervous of an open response.
Time is running out so get your twopenneth in quick.