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RTPI: Local authorities should be able to raise planning fees to cover costs

Words: Laura Edgar
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Ahead of the Autumn Budget, the RTPI has reiterated to the chancellor that local authorities in England should be allowed to raise planning fees to cover the entire costs of the planning application function. 

In a submission to Philip Hammond, the institute explained that planning fees, even with the recent increase of 20 per cent, cover only 40 per cent of the overall running cost of development control services, which includes determining planning applications.The creation of local plans, which the institute says are vital in addressing the housing crisis, is “entirely dependent on central........
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