The government publishes its response to the consultation (which ran until 25/04/2023) relating to planning fees and the performance of LPAs …

[UPDATE: For the subsequent legislation relating to this consultation, please view the following posts:
- This post for the legislation relating to planning fees.]

The government has published the following response to the consultation titled "Technical consultation - Stronger performance of local planning authorities supported through an increase in planning fees" (which ran for 8 weeks from 28/02/2023 until 25/04/2023):

Response document:

  • July 2023: Technical consultation - Stronger performance of local planning authorities supported through an increase in planning fees - government response (link) (pdf print version of HTML webpage).

Notes:

  • The "Introduction" section at the start of the above response document includes the following information:
    - "The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities published a consultation on 28 February 2023, which ran for 8 weeks, closing on 25 April 2023. The consultation sought views on proposals to:
    >>> increase planning fees
    >>> build capacity and capability in local planning authorities
    >>> introduce a more robust performance regime"
    .
    - "We are grateful for the detailed and thoughtful responses received to the consultation and have carefully considered them. These were generally very supportive of the measures to increase planning fees, recognising the importance of securing additional income for local planning authorities. We have taken this national fee increase forward through draft regulations laid on 20 July.".
    - "We also received a wide range of feedback on how the government could support greater capacity and capability in local planning authorities and on our proposals for a new planning performance framework. This feedback will be drawn upon as we continue to develop these proposals.".
  • Note: A DRAFT Statutory Instrument (SI) titled "The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023" is available on this page of the government website "www.legislation.gov.uk".

Other sources of information:

  • February 2023: Technical consultation - Stronger performance of local planning authorities supported through an increase in planning fees (link) (pdf print version of HTML webpage).
    - Note: For more information about the above document, please view this post.