Remove regulation requiring newspaper adverst for planning applications

At present there is still a requirement for some applications – particularly listed building applications and planning applications in conservation areas – to be advertised in local newspapers. This is a ridiculous unnecessary bureacratic requirement that costs Councils lots of money. Such adverts could be on their web sites. This should be repealed. The previous government bottled it because they were lobbied by the regional newspaper groups. let's hope the neww Coalition will be braver.

Why is this idea important?

At present there is still a requirement for some applications – particularly listed building applications and planning applications in conservation areas – to be advertised in local newspapers. This is a ridiculous unnecessary bureacratic requirement that costs Councils lots of money. Such adverts could be on their web sites. This should be repealed. The previous government bottled it because they were lobbied by the regional newspaper groups. let's hope the neww Coalition will be braver.

Abolish County Planning Authorities

Now that RSSs have been abolished and all Planning matters either determined at national or local level (and not regional or County-wide) there is no need for County Planning Authorities because they now have no strategic planning remit as 'Open Source Planning' makes clear. Their remaining (non strategic) functions should be transferred to District Planning Authorities.

Why is this idea important?

Now that RSSs have been abolished and all Planning matters either determined at national or local level (and not regional or County-wide) there is no need for County Planning Authorities because they now have no strategic planning remit as 'Open Source Planning' makes clear. Their remaining (non strategic) functions should be transferred to District Planning Authorities.

Charge for Listed Building etc applications

Planning applications and some other related applications incur a fee, which is set nationally. But a whole range of other applications do not incur a fee and processing such applications have to be met from Councils' budgets which come from Council tax, income tax, business rates etc. There should be full cost recovery of dealing with all such applications and indeed pre-application and post-application discussions. Councils should accordingly be able to set their own fees to ensure all costs are fully recovered from those submitting all such applications.

Why is this idea important?

Planning applications and some other related applications incur a fee, which is set nationally. But a whole range of other applications do not incur a fee and processing such applications have to be met from Councils' budgets which come from Council tax, income tax, business rates etc. There should be full cost recovery of dealing with all such applications and indeed pre-application and post-application discussions. Councils should accordingly be able to set their own fees to ensure all costs are fully recovered from those submitting all such applications.

Fixed Penalty Notices for Planning breaches

Those breaching Planning Regulations should be issued with Fixed Penalty Notices so allowing Councils to recoup the expense of running their Planning Enforcment service so this does not fall on the Council tax and general tax payers.

Why is this idea important?

Those breaching Planning Regulations should be issued with Fixed Penalty Notices so allowing Councils to recoup the expense of running their Planning Enforcment service so this does not fall on the Council tax and general tax payers.

Full cost recovery on Planning Fees

At present Planning Fees only recompense Councils a proportion of the costs required in dealing with Planning & related applications. They should recover the total costs.

Why is this idea important?

At present Planning Fees only recompense Councils a proportion of the costs required in dealing with Planning & related applications. They should recover the total costs.