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Planning fees frozen for 12 months

Planning minister John Healey has announced that planning application fees will be frozen for a year in a move to help cash-strapped developers save cash.

The move, which will also stall planning appeal fees, would save developers up to £23 million a year, Mr Healey said.

The freeze aims to provide an investment boost to new development projects - helping to fuel the green shoots of economic recovery. The minister said it would be wrong to increase developers cost at a time when investing in new developments is difficult.

He said: “I recognise that as we start to work through economic recovery, we need to do what we can to keep builders on construction sites and keep plans on the table. It is important that we react to the economic circumstances and listen to the needs of people, industry and developers and we have done just that.”

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