We have submitted a consultation response on behalf of members to the DLUHC technical consultation Stronger performance of local planning authorities supported through an increase in planning fees’. We support a significant uplift in all planning application fees provided that the increased income is ringfenced and invested in planning department resources and not used to deliver other council services. It is on that basis which we support a 35% increase in fees charged for all application types. We are also calling for more formal measures – a legal guarantee – to be put in place to ringfence the increased fee income to ensure there is a clear improvement in the services provided to applicants.