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Planning Applications (Local Authority Costs)

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will enable local authorities to charge a fee adequate to cover expenses incurred before the withdrawal of a planning application.

Proposals for charging a fee for planning applications have been rejected on many occasions because of the cost of collection and the extra administrative burden. I am aware that Mr. George Dobry, QC, has been looking at this as part of his review of development control, and I shall carefully consider any recommendations made.