Issue details

Planning Service Income Activities

a)    Currently several areas of work across Planning do not achieve cost recovery.

b)    Previously agreed process to fund Neighbourhood Planning work has not been successful.

c)    Action is needed to address these matters in part to deliver on the proposals set out in Planning MER 476.


a)    To update fees and charges on a cost-recovery basis, and subsequently increase these annually to reflect inflation for:


  • The Planning pre-application service carried out by Development Management.
  • Charges within the Building Control Service.
  • The Planning Searches function undertaken by the Administrative HUB.


b)    To update funding arrangements in order to support a full-time post dedicated to the development of Neighbourhood Plans.


Fees and charges related to the above activities have not been reviewed for some time and can mean that the service costs more to deliver than is received in fees.


Previously agreed mechanisms for funding Neighbourhood Planning work have not allowed for a dedicated resource to be put in place. An alternative approach is needed to bring greater continuity to the role.



Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 20/12/2021

Scrutiny Committee: Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee;

Decision due: 16 Feb 2022 by Co-operative Executive

Lead director: Executive Director, Place

Department: Place

Contact: Michael Johnson Email: Tel: 20 39678.

Date agenda documents available: 08/02/22


Agenda items


  • Report of the Executive Director, Place