Plan­ning fee will go up 20% in July

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

There will be some ex­tra money for Maid­stone’s be­lea­guered plan­ning depart­ment, af­ter all.

The Gov­ern­ment an­nounced last month that it would per­mit lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to raise their plan­ning fees – the charges made to devel­op­ers to con­sider their ap­pli­ca­tions – by 20% from July, as long as they promised to spend the ex­tra rev­enue within their plan­ning de­part­ments.

The Gov­ern­ment was con­cerned that its aim to in­crease house- build­ing across the coun­try was be­ing slowed by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties not hav­ing the staff to process ap­pli­ca­tions promptly.

All po­lit­i­cal par­ties at Maid­stone were in favour of the fee hike, which was ac­cepted with a unan­i­mous vote. The in­creases should bring in £180,000 to the plan­ning depart­ment in the com­ing fi­nan­cial year.

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