Council boosts resources in planning team to support growthPublished Friday, 16th February 2018
The government have introduced a 20% annual increase in fees for planning applications which came into force on 17 January 2018.
The Council have decided that the extra income will be used to support the planning service in Melton. It is anticipated that the 20% fee increase will create an additional income of £130,000 each year.
The Council have drafted a detailed report for how this extra budget shall be spent to improve the performance in the Planning Department and assist delivery of more affordable housing and economic growth.
Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of Melton Borough Council said:
“I welcome the boost to the resources available to our planning service arising from the Government’s increase. This is the first time fees have risen since 2010; we will make sure the extra resources go into the Planning Department’s efforts to create growth and opportunity for local people with the greatest housing need.”
There are plans to increase resources to the Planning Department in:
• funds to increase our ability to improve the quality of development and speed up their delivery;
• administrative support to improve the response time and service levels in the initial stages of applications
• technical officers to provide greater analysis of reports leading to better quality submissions and prevent delays at later stages
• a senior planning officer: to handle more complex application sites such as major housing proposals and ensure we secure the best available benefits for the community
The ambition for growth of both housing and employment land is a top priority and the approach to achieving it is set out in the Melton Local Plan. This is currently in its Examination, an independent Government inspector is considering whether it allows the right amount of houses and other land, in the right places, that will be built at the right time along with the infrastructure it needs – including the Melton Mowbray Distributer Road.
The recently published Strategic Growth Plan for Leicestershire consultation draft sets out long term plans up to 2050 to provide employment land and housing to meet a growing economy and rising population.
The plan has highlighted the need for nearly 100,000 new homes, and over 370 hectares of employment land across the County. Melton Mowbray is identified as a growth point in this Plan and the increased resources for the Planning Department will ensure it is ‘fit for purpose’ for these challenges.
Planning application fees now reflect the new increase and all updated information can be found here:
For more information on the Strategic Growth Plan and how your voice can be heard, follow the below links:
For more information please contact:
Name: Sarah-Jane O'Connor, HR and Communications Manager
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 502460
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