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Planning Permission: Costs

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 47093, tabled on 7 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will assess the merits of requiring developers who need retrospective planning permission to refund the costs incurred by the planning authority.

Answered on

14 October 2016

The enforcement of planning control is a statutory function of local authorities for which they need to budget and the costs of which are not generally recoverable.

The primary purpose of a retrospective planning application is to give those who have made a genuine mistake the opportunity to rectify the matter. Introducing additional charges would penalise those people unfairly and might deter them from submitting applications.

We believe this remains the right approach and have no plans to amend it at this time.