Development Specialist Richard Carr believes Richard Blyth’s recommendations that a national rise in planning application fees is introduced is unfair on developers, who already have to pay numerous taxes on developments.
Richard does believe that Local Planning Authorities need more resources, however asking developers to pay more in planning application fees will negatively affective the industry and slow down the country’s current development growth. In the long term this will have a big effective on the economy, which has only recently started showing signs of a recovery.
Aswell as an increase in planning fees, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has written to the Chancellor arguing against further cuts to local authority funding. Local authority planning and development services have experienced the largest cuts of any local government area since 2010.