Charges for pre–application planning advice for business development have come into operation.
The move, which was approved by the Peak District National Park Authority in December 2013, comes after stringent Government cuts, which have meant a reduction of more than 30 per cent in the authority’s budget between 2011 and 2015. Many other local authorities already charge businesses for pre-application advice.
Pre-application advice to householders for changes to domestic properties will continue to be free – these account for more than a third of applications in the national park. Advice on listed building works will also still be free.
Businesses now have the option of entering a planning performance agreement with the authority.
These are usually for major proposals where the planning authority, developer and key interested parties agree to work together through the planning process, setting their own timetable and ironing out potential problems as they arise. For more, visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning/advice