Proposed 20% rise in Planning application fees in England delayed until the New Year

19 December 2017

As Planning Potential's Adam Wilkinson reported previously, the draft Statutory Instrument (SI) was “laid” before Parliament and published on the 19th October 2017. However, any fee amendments must be approved by both houses before they become “made.” For the SI to be adopted it must now be considered by the House of Commons, and at the time of writing this article it remains to be scheduled into the order of business. Whilst this was largely anticipated to occur last week, ongoing debates regarding the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill i.e. “Brexit” appear to have taken centre stage.

The hearing of the SI is considered to be a formality, with over 30 years passing since any such legislation has been rejected. Once the order is “made” by the House of Commons it will come into force on the 28th day afterwards. 

Parliamentary approval has now been given to the legislation and the changes will come into force on 17 January 2018.

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