Proposed Fee Schedule
The Council's proposed level of application fees have been outlined below.
In considering the appropriate level at which to recommend application fees, officers have had regard to both the estimated costs of an Estate Management team, the type of applications that the Council receives and the charges set for similar schemes elsewhere in the country.
The proposed fees are part of the consultation process and we would appreciate any feedback on both the fee value and application grading.
|Replacement - Like for Like
The replacement of an existing feature on a genuinely like-for-like basis that will not alter its location, scale, appearance, design, materials, colour, etc
|Free||Application required, to check that the proposal is genuinely like-for-life|
A proposed feature not currently present on the hosting property or land - Small Scale/Impact
|£50||Minor Works EMS Application|
A proposed feature not currently present on the hosting property or land - Large Scale/Impact
|£100||Major Works EMS Application|
Extension to a property including a front, rear and side extension
|£30/m2 - Limited to £500 / 17m2||Extension EMS Application|
|Tree or Hedgerow Works
Application for the removal or works to a existing tree 4m / 15 feet tall or greater. Hedgerow removal works to all features to the front of a property.
|Free||Tree and Hedgerow EMS Application|
|Small Projects*||Medium Projects**|
|Hopper Heads||Garage Conversion|
|External Pipe Works||Loft Conversion|
|Alterations to external walls||Proposed New Dormer Windows|
|Hardstanding||Proposed New Roof Lights|
|Sheds||Proposed New Windows|
|Fencing||Proposed New External Door|
|Boundary treatments||Proposed Wall Insulation|
|Vehicle Gates||Replacement of Roof|
|Satellite Dish||Proposed New Balcony|
|Aerials||Proposed / replacement Wind Turbine|
|Rainwater Harvesting||Proposed New Conservatory|
|Soffits and Bargeboards||Swimming Pool|
|Security and Ornamental Lighting||Basement|
|Large Climbing Frames||Demolition|
|Electric Charging Points||House of Multiple Occupation Application|
|External Boilers||Photovoltaic Cells and Solar Hot Water Panels|
|Air Source Heat Pumps||Subdivision of Dwelling|
|CCTV||Back Garden Development|
It is considered that multiples of different projects from different categories should be added together as they are likely to have different amenity impacts, so that a two storey extension of 10 sqm (£300), plus a new dormer window (£100), plus a new hardstanding (£100), plus a replacement fence (£50) would be a total of £550. In this case there would be no maximum.
Fees will be the same for retrospective application as they are for normal applications. At present the Council charges £242 for retrospective applications but this is partly because there is currently no fee for normal applications. A retrospective fee could be a deterrent to stop people progressing works without consent but it might also create conflict in seeking to resolve any breaches. The Council considers that it is preferable to focus on achieving good quality projects.
It is suggested that fees should be reviewed at the end of the first year of operation of the new arrangements, to ensure they are sufficient to fund the Estate Management team.
Please note that the fees would be in addition to any planning application fees that may be required for the proposed projects.
Page updated: 3/07/2019