Jersey capping planning application fees

Planning fees for large building projects are to be capped at £200,000, the Jersey planning department has confirmed.

The cap means fees at the upper end will no longer rise in line with the size of the development.

It is the first time that a maximum fee has been introduced in the island.

Peter Le Gresley, from the planning department, said it was part of a number of measures to reduce the financial risk applicants faced.

He said the changes were in response to feedback from people who used the service.

The maximum fee for large building projects in the UK is £250,000.

Developers would also only pay 25% of the cost of planning fees for initial planning permission, and the rest would be payable when and if detailed plans are submitted, the department said.

Mr Le Gresley said: "In order to help the industry with its costs, we have introduced the cut in outline fees and the cap on planning fees.

"So now it'll be easier and cost significantly less to find out if what you've got planned is in line with planning policy."

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