Planning red tape cut to aid building sector recovery

New measures that enable businesses and homeowners to extend existing planning permissions without the expense and red tape of a new planning application were introduced in October 2009.

The fees for extending planning permissions are now being reduced so the fee for a major development that was previously as high as £250,000 will now be £500, the fee for smaller developments that was as high as £3000 will now be £170, and for householder projects the previous fee of £150 will be reduced to £50.

Housing Minister John Healey said: "The planning system has to adapt to current economic circumstances to help homeowners, industry and developers, and we have done just that."

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