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Development Management Planning Pre-Application Fees

Meeting: 10/07/2018 - Strategic Planning, Sustainability and Transportation Committee (Item 46)

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Mr Cornall presented the changes to Planning Pre-application fees to the Committee. It was noted that:


·  The cost of providing the planning service was exceeding the income from fees.


·  The Council was prohibited from making a profit from this service but should aim to at least break even.


·  After a benchmarking exercise against other authorities it was clear that the fees charged for pre-application advice was generally lower in Maidstone than for other authorities.


·  Therefore the report proposed to increase the fees charged for pre-application advice.


In response to a question from the Committee, Mr Cornall confirmed that the fee income would be monitored by the Committee in its regular budget monitoring reports and the overall impact on the Planning Service of amending these fees would be monitored closely.




That the proposed revised fee structure and fees for the MBC pre-application service as detailed in table 2 (para 1.10) are implemented with effect from 1 October 2018.


Voting:  For - 8  Against - 1  Abstentions – 0