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consultation proposes fees refund for undecided applications

Posted on by PlanRight

The move was revealed in a consultation last week on the government’s plan to introduce a “planning guarantee” that no application should take more than 26 weeks to be decided by a local authority or on appeal.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said the guarantee is intended to provide a maximum “longstop date” by which any schemes that take longer should be determined.

In the consultation paper, the DCLG says that it would also seek to amend secondary legislation to require a refund of the planning application fee, where an application remains undecided after 26 weeks.

It says that this additional measure would help to ensure the guarantee is met and would apply to both councils and the Planning Inspectorate.

The consultation closes on 17 January.

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