The changes to the planning fee system are now up and running. The planning portal now adds on an administration charge of £20 for every application liable to pay a fee, you can read more here. First impressions from client feedback are positive.

The planning fees are now collected by the portal, this means that they can be paid immediately. Reducing any delay by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) processing an application on their system.

Our clients have so far all paid by telephone, with good feedback. After a short 30 second introduction on the line they are transferred to a cashier to take the payment. An email is then sent to us immediately upon payment and the application sent to the LPA.

The benefit we hope will be that this should free up staff resources at the LPA and in turn speed up the validation process. It’s early days so watch this space.