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Price hike for planning applications starts next week

The 15 per cent rise in the cost of planning applications is due to come into force next week

The Department for Communities and Local Government has written to chief planning officers announcing that the price increase for applications will commence on 22 November.

The government announced the 15 per cent price uplift in July aiming to match inflation and enable planning applications and appeals to be processed within 12 months.

The government justified the rise saying that it needed ‘to resource planning departments properly and ensure local rate payers cease subsidising the service’.

The cost of a planning application for a house extension will rise to £172, an application for a new house will start at £385.

The price rise will apply to all planning applications in England, but currently Wales is exempt.

This comes as the government announces its proposed planning regulation shake-up could save £100million in fees.


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