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Consultation on planning fees: next steps

Scottish Ministers have now reflected on the responses to the recent consultation on the proposal to increase fee maxima for planning applications. The Scottish Government have decided to raise the fee maximum for major applications across most categories of development to £125,000 and for applications for permission in principle to £62,000. Updated regulations will bring this into effect from 1 June 2017.


This is part of a 2-stage proposal. Further proposals for change will be developed, in consultation with stakeholders, as planning reforms are progressed and a more certain picture of how an improved planning system will operate and the implications for resourcing that.


Many of the respondents indicated that they wanted to see evidence of performance improvements. Planning Minister Kevin Stewart MSP agrees that performance improvements are evident in every authority. Mr Stewart said he will convene the next High Level Group on Planning Performance in the summer to ensure that there is a full discussion on performance improvement and there is a shared agenda for improvement set out.


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