New planning charges in Barnsley to avoid service cuts

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Barnsley Council is to charge fees for some of its planning services from next year.

Advice on listed building, for householders before they submit plans and on conservation matters, plus legal agreement enquiries, will now cost £30 plus VAT for each request.

Specialist advice given to developers or landowners will cost £50 plus VAT.

The council says its ‘new fee structure’ will ensure it is able to continue to provide non-statutory functions such as pre-planning advice, planning permission advice and official documentation requests.

And it says the alternative is to stop providing those altogether.

A spokesman said: “Providing the services at no cost is no longer an option within the context of the financial constraints with which the council is faced due to government funding cuts.

“A national planning fee framework exists for the majority of statutory planning functions which the council currently delivers and the council has no ability to influence those fees which are set by central government.”

Other applications to be affected include minor development advice such as shops and offices, which will cost applicants £30.