Acorus understands that the 20% planning fee increase, which had been due to be available for Local Authorities to Implement from July, has now been delayed until the autumn; although exact dates are yet to be announced.
This is particularly relevant to agricultural buildings where above 540m2 the planning fee, payable to the Local Authority when a planning is made, is calculated on the footprint of the new building up to a maximum of £250,000. I.e. the bigger the area covered by the building, then the bigger the fee.
Due to their nature new agricultural buildings are often large and so they can incur sizeable fees. On bigger schemes, such as new farm units, the planning fee can form a significant proportion of the overall project cost, and is something that is often overlooked. Acorus have recently dealt with an application which incurred £50,000 in fees, therefore under the proposals this would increase by £10,000.
Therefore a 20% increase could have a substantial impact on the viability of new buildings.
The announced delay has therefore created an extended window of opportunity for those considering such projects to get an application together, and submitted, whilst under the current planning fee schedule. This is something that Acorus are well placed to offer advice on and undertake on your behalf.
Please contact one of our offices for more information.