It is inequitable that general tax payers should subsidise those making such applications, which inevitably increase the value of the applicants’ properties and land. And of course it is expensive for government.
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.