21 May 2008

This the way I feel about them...

There’s been very little response to the Government’s decision to raise planning application fees in the New Year. My own little rant in the Trib a couple of weeks back triggered a firestorm of indifference. I’ll give you all a second chance.


I’ve been unimpressed with the argument some of you have made which suggests fewer people will waste Local Authority time with not so serious planning applications if fees go up. Sorry - discouragement is not a legitimate way to promote planning. I think that at the very least the way in which planning applications are handled by planning authorities (validations, requests for information, dealing with building conservation, etc.) has to be put onto a more professional basis before fee increases can be considered. 

Thursday, May 29, 2008 9:08:11 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
There is no justification for huge increases in planning fees. I believe each person should be able to afford to comply with Planning Law. Excessive fees with discourage applications, increase non-compliance. Each person has a democratic rigth to express their opinion, therefore costs should not prohibit debate. Increased fees will have no positive effect whatsoever.
Raymond Quirke
Thursday, May 29, 2008 9:26:30 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Raymond, if the Department have their way, application fees for a dwelling could increase from €65 to €650 (this is the argument they're trying to make in their discussion document). Why is it, do you think, that nobody is making a fuss?
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