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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER


Planning – your money back guarantee


As well as a team of lawyers specialising in land and property issues, Burnetts also has dedicated planning experts. Here,  fees may be refunded under the ‘Planning Guarantee’.


The government’s ‘Planning Guarantee’ dictates that no application should spend more than a year with decision makers. With the opportunity to appeal, the government sliced a year in half and said no application should be with a local planning authority for more than 26 weeks and no appeal should be with the Planning Inspectorate for more than 26 weeks.


Sounds good on paper but without a stick with which to beat a sluggish planning authority, it was received as simple crowd-pleasing rhetoric.


 introduced in 2013 with little pomp or splendour. The section confirms that where a valid planning application has been with a local planning authority for more than 26 weeks and it has not been determined and a time extension has not been agreed, then the local planning authority must refund the planning fee.


Our reading of section 9a is that the local planning authority


must simply refund the fee and that there is no need for an applicant to either be aware of the section or to ask for the refund. The onus is therefore on the local planning authority to hand back the planning fee in cases where they have failed to determine the application within 26 weeks.


 however some applications, particularly where the fee is calculated on floorspace and you want to construct a large building, can easily run into the thousands. Better in your pocket than theirs.


If you would like any further advice on the Planning Guarantee or any aspect of the planning process, please contact  on 01900 800855, e: da@burnetts.co.uk or visit www.burnetts.co.uk


Expert legal advice on your doorstep


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