The draft regulations introducing the 20 per cent fee increase, as well as other changes to the planning fees regime, were debated and approved by the House of Lords’ grand committee in early December.
The Lords passed the proposals, which also introduce fees for planning permissions in principle, fees for applications necessary because a permitted development right has been removed, and a new fee for prior approval for a range of new permitted development rights.
A Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) spokesman said that, following the Lords’ approval, the fee increase would be debated in the Commons next Wednesday. The DCLG spokesman added that, subject to parliamentary scrutiny, it was anticipated that the fee increase would be introduced in January. The regulations automatically come into effect 28 days after they have been approved by both houses.