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MPs call for increase in planning fees

Mon 18th April 2016, 11:01 am

The outcome of a poll indicates that 61% of MPs believe the fees for planning applications should be increased.

The poll, commissioned by the British Property Federation and conducted by market research consultancy ComRes, indicates MPs from both major political parties support an increase in planning fees: 65% of Labour members and 61% of Conservative members.

A 2015 by GL Hearn and the BPF showed that 65% of applicants would pay more to shorten the planning process and that 55% of local authorities believe understaffing is the main cause of long planning application processes.

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said: “The public and private sectors have both been very clear about the need for more resourcing in local authority planning departments, and we now know that there is political understanding of this issue as well.”

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