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£50 Charge for Homeowners in Easingwold and Thirsk Who Want Planning Advice

Hambleton Planning 220213

7:40pm 16th April 2013

A new planning charge came into force in Hambleton this month – bringing in a fee for pre-application advice for the first time.

In line with many other councils, Hambleton District Council is now charging for officer advice - by meeting and letter - on developments that will be the subject of a planning application.

The fee varies according to the scale and nature of the development, from £50 for a householder making domestic alterations to a £1000 for a major development.

“Levying charges places a responsibility on the council to provide a good quality service,” said Councillor Mark Robson, Portfolio Holder for Planning.

“We encourage householders and developers to seek professional advice from our planning officers at the earliest stage as it will maximise their chance of success.  Good quality pre-application discussion will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning application system for all parties.”

The council will continue to operate a planning duty officer scheme by telephone, in person at the Civic Centre in Northallerton, and at the offices in Stokesley and Easingwold.  This will give very basic informal advice free of charge.

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