Issue details

17/00123 - To approve fees and charges for discretionary planning and environmental advice and the principles for establishing fees and charges

The Council currently provides professional and technical advice across a range of disciplines that support the planning process. Over recent years, with the rise of constraints on local authority budgets, councils at both county and district level have had to consider how they recover costs from providing such advice in order to ensure that they can continue to provide such advice on a sustainable basis.


This decision has been taken by the Leader in the absence of the Cabinet Member, Mr Whiting.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/12/2017

Decision due: Not before 8th Jan 2018 by Leader and Cabinet Member for Health Reform
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance to statutory requirement

Lead member: Leader and Cabinet Member for Health Reform

Lead director: Katie Stewart

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: Sharon Thompson, Head of Planning Applications Group 03000 413468 Email: Tel: 01622 696131.


The proposed decision was considered and endorsed by the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 30 November 2017.

Financial implications: The fees and charges proposed will ensure that the County Council continues to recover its reasonable costs where these are incurred in providing services for which the Council may charge. By charging for these services, where permitted, the Directorate is better able to meet the demand for some of its services while not impacting on otherwise pressured revenue budgets

Legal implications: The legal authority to set a charge for discretionary services is provided for in the Local Government Act 2003

Equalities implications: No equalities implications have been identified


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