We won’t be in the office on Saturday, this weekend, submitting planning applications for clients, as we sometimes do. The Planning Portal will be unavailable to us from this evening until Monday morning.
The Portal will now send applications and payments to the relevant local authorities together, as soon as they have confirmed successful payment. Previously, our clients could ring/pop in/send a cheque to the Council to pay their application fee. Sometimes that fee made it straight to the planning department to be married-up with the pending application we submitted via the Portal; sometimes it didn’t. But that didn’t happen very often
There will be a per-application charge for the service ( £16.67+VAT for any application which attracts a fee). Applications where no fee is payable will be sent directly to the local authority with no service charge applied.
C2C Planning Consultants will not be absorbing this Portal fee and will be passing it on to our clients. So, in addition to the increase in fees in January this year, the cost of submitting planning applications has increased once again!