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Planning fee increase set to come into force

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Regulations that will allow councils to increase planning fees by an extra 20% are due to come into force in January.

Concerns had been raised earlier this month by the Local Government Association which said councils could miss out almost £70m income by the end of 2017-18 if the government does not implement its plans to increase planning fees anytime soon.

The government has now published the regulations which will amend the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) and enable councils to increase planning fees by 20%.

The Department for Communities & Local Government also previously consulted on a commitment made in the housing white paper to let some councils “who are delivering the homes their communities need” have the power to increase fees by a further 20%.

These regulations, which are due to come into force on 17 January 2018, do not allow that to happen.

However, LGC understands separate regulations are required and that the LGA will be pushing for the government to publish those as soon as possible.

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