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Planning application fee changes pushed into 2018

by on December 7, 2017

Delays in Parliamentary approval mean that the legislation to increase fees by 20 per cent in England, and introduce new categories in regard to applications for Permission in Principle, will not come into force until the New Year.

What we are doing to prepare for the change

We are currently working to ensure that we are able to implement the fee changes when they take effect.

We are also planning a wider package of measures to ensure that applicants are aware of the changes and that we minimise the potential for applications to be submitted with the incorrect ‘outdated’ fees.

Rest assured that we are keeping a close eye on any progress and will keep you all informed when we know more.

So when are they going to change?

Of course, what we all want to know is when the changes will actually happen. In regard to this critical point…

While this ‘affirmative’ process is generally seen as a formality (no such SI has been rejected since 1969) this action has not yet been scheduled into the order of business for the House of Commons, though it is moving up the list of ‘remaining orders and notices’.

  • As stated in the draft SI, it will only come into force on the 28th day after it is ‘made’ (not ‘laid’). Therefore, there is currently no fixed date for the changes to take effect.

For example, if the SI was ‘made’ on 11 December, this would then set the 28 day clock ticking, and the changes would come into force on 8 January.

2 Comments
  1. David hartley permalink

    At this time of great uncertainty, didn’t we ought to be lobbying against this extortionate rise in fees. Surely any increase in fees should be linked to public sector pay increases or inflation.

  2. Trevor Dennington permalink

    20% ??? That proposed increase in planning application fees is outrageous and destructive. The former Conservative-led administration of Cameron and Osborne introduced CIL after pinching the idea from Brown and his Planning Gain Supplement, thereby introducing a tax on new housebuilding that has failed and messed up the housing market every time since 1948 it has been tried on. Osborne then compounded the error by drastically increasing stamp duty for landlords, and now this current administration is going to make it ridiculously expensive to even apply for planning permission … whilst purporting to be determined to build 300,000 new homes a year. I now wonder whether our politicians of any colour have the slightest understanding of the housing market – and, before you draw the wrong conclusion, this is not political because it is a lifelong Conservative voter speaking

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