Speaking at the first committee session into the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, the Planning Minister announced that the government is looking at a 'mechanism' to ensure that additional money raised from planning fee increases is ring-fenced for planning departments rather than absorbed into overall council spending.
Barwell said the government was thinking about "how to come up with a mechanism to ensure that all the money goes through to extra spending in planning departments".
John Silvester. the Planning Officers Society Communications Manager and former President, said "this is excellent news. Indeed, it is something the Society has been banging on about for years having made the suggestion to successive governments."
Silvester added that the Society was willing to work with officials in coming up with effective mechanisms.