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Places, people and planning: update on proposal 17

Information on the background, progress to date and next steps relating to proposal 17 from Places, People and Planning Consultation and Position Statement: Investing in a better service.

Proposal 17: Investing in a better service.

There is a need to increase planning fees to ensure the planning service is better resourced to deliver the changes which we all want to see.

Why we are making a change

We believe the system needs to be properly resourced and supported to deliver that more ambitious and enabling agenda which we are proposing. Part of this is ensuring that Planning fees reflect the work that goes in to considering them.

What we are doing

  • we consulted on raising the maximum planning fee for Major Applications
  • a new revised maximum fee of £125k came into force on 1 June 2017
  • given the limited existing powers in current legislation around resourcing, we expect the Planning Bill to include additional enabling powers that provide scope to widen discretionary charging and to extend the range of services for which fees can be charged

How we will deliver change

  • Primary legislation – yes
  • Secondary Legislation – yes
  • Guidance – yes
  • Non legislative action – no

Next Steps

  • we will consult again on the fee structure and enhanced fees, including discretionary charging to ensure they reflect the development coming forward
  • we will undertake a full impact assessment on the implication of the changes for users of the system

Contact

Email: planningreview@gov.scot

Telephone: 0131 244 7059

Post:
Area 2-H (South)
Planning and Architecture Division
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ

Published:
29 Sep 2017
Places, people and planning: update on proposal 17