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Local Planning Authorities (Income)

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales how much income he anticipates will be raised for the year 1980–81 by allowing local planning authorities in Wales to (a) charge for planning permission and (b) charge for the enforcement of building regulations.

Charges for planning applications are intended to recoup a substantial proportion of the costs of development control, which are estimated at about £3 million a year in Wales. The precise level of fees and the date of introduction next year have not yet been settled. Charges for the enforcement of building regulations are estimated to recoup approximately £2 million in Wales.