Planning Application Fees to Rise

Reported in the Estates Gazzette (8th Oct) it appears that the Housing Minister Gavin Barwell is likely to raise planning application fees, which haven’t risen since 2011.

Most developers would probably accept a reasonable rise if they saw a commensurate rise in the standards and levels of service from the hard pressed Local Planning Authorities. Any increased revenue should be invested to support and create a more efficient and effective planning system.

Interestingly and perhaps in stark contrast the Oxford Report on the SDLT rises in 2014 suggests that the effect on the changes in duty on properties over £1M have caused £8.3Bn lower turnover, £1.88Bn reduced growth output, 14000 fewer jobs, and crucially £450M lower tax receipts from the “wider” economy.