It’s been on the cards for a little while now, but the forecasted planning application fee rise of 20% to all applications is coming into effect on January 17th 2018.

For homeowner applications this will amount to a £34.40 increase to £206.40 which is not a huge impact, but for larger or commercial schemes it may make quite a difference.

However the fees should be directed back into planning resources which hopefully will improve validation times and application efficiency.