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Councils to increase their planning fees

A proposed increase in planning fees could be limited to those authorities that are in the top 75 per cent of performance for both the speed and quality of their decisions, the government has proposed.

In a consultation published yesterday, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) set out further details of its plan which was announced earlier this month by communities secretary Greg Clark  to allow well-performing councils to increase their fees in line with inflation.

The consultation document proposes that national fees are increased by a proportionate amount, in a way which is linked to both inflation and performance. "The national fee schedule would be revised in line with the rate of inflation since the last adjustment in 2012, with the exact level of increase reflecting when the change comes into effect," the document says.

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