Weekend close-down for the Planning Portal so they can charge us £20 to submit planning applications online

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!

Get ready for a 20% increase in application fees!

UPDATE – NEW FEES ARE TO BE INTRODUCED ON 17TH JANUARY

It is coming (so is Christmas), not yet, but it is surely coming – a rise in the fee payable to Council’s for them to determine you planning application.  For example;

  1. Outline applications – Site area up to 2.5 hectares = £385 £462 per 0.1
    hectare
  2. New dwellings (Full and Reserved Matters applications) up to and including 50 – £385 £462 per dwelling.
  3. Householder extension(s) and alterations including design and external
    appearance, domestic outbuildings and works within curtilage of dwelling, boundary walls, fences and other means of enclosure –
    £172 £206 per one dwelling.
  4. Change of use of land or buildings – £385 £462 per application.
  5. Variation or removal of a condition(s) – £195 £234
  6. Approval of details required by conditions – £97 £116 per application (£28 £34 if a householder).

We are therefore expecting a bit of a rush to submit planning applications so please keep this in mind, and seek our advice on whether or not there is sufficient time to submit under the current fee schedule as soon as possible.