From the week commencing 19 November 2012, local authority fees for planning applications, deemed applications (ie local authority enforcement action), requests and site visits will increase by 15%. This will provide local authorities with an additional £32 million per annum and will hopefully fund further resourcing and provide a faster and more efficient service for developers.

Planning applications and major applications have fallen 25% and 18% respectively since 2008 as a result of the economic climate. Although planning application fees will continue to be set centrally, Government will continue to support the development of fee benchmarking in order to understand costs at a local level and keep planning fees balanced.