Planning Fee Increases

Posted on 11th November, 2010


There is a new public consultation document on planning fees published on the NI Planning website. As we would expect, (given the current sorry state of NI Planning finances) the intention is to increase fees across all forms of development. Of immediate concern is the proposal to change the fee structure for single wind turbines - here is an extract from the document:  


39. Proposed amendments to category 5 (the erection, alteration or replacement of plant and machinery including telecoms / data-communications equipment, a single wind turbine and wind farms) fees are: Existing Fees: £237 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area subject to a maximum of £11,834. Proposed Fees For a site area not more than 5 hectares: £335 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof); or For a site area more than 5 hectares: £16,565 + additional £100 for each 0.1 hectare (or part thereof) in excess of 5 hectares to a maximum of £250,000.


As you can see, this is an increase of 41% on the cost of applying for a single wind turbine. There are other significant increases too - and you can find a summary of these at Annex A of the document. You might well feel that some of these fees are unnecessary and impose further financial restraints, especially on individuals who wish to make use of renewable (wind) energy. Consultation responses should be with the Department on or before 4th January 2011. The link to the consultation information (including the Consultation Document) is to be found at:


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