Planning Permission

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to allow local authorities to charge for planning applications received as a result of direction under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

There are no plans to allow local authorities to charge for such applications.

The permitted development regime is set nationally, and seeks to strike a balance between allowing individual freedom to carry out development while protecting the interests of neighbours and the wider environment. As the nationally set criteria can have differing impacts when applied locally, local councils are able to consult the local community on whether to withdraw specific permitted development rights using article 4 directions. Where an article 4 direction is in place, a planning application must be submitted in the normal way, but no application fee is payable where the development would otherwise have been permitted under the General Permitted Development Order.

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