The Cabinet had before it a * report of the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration regarding discretionary charges.
The Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration outlined the contents of the report stating that officers had been tasked with suggesting ways to reimburse some costs. He explained that the charge was for face to face consultations only and that the Planning service would continue to provide a free Planning Duty Officer Service by telephone and over the internet.
In response to questions, the Group Manager for Development explained that South Hams District Council had trialled the fee for 12 months and it had proved to be popular with customers who liked the set 30 minute time slot with a Planning Officer rather than having to wait for them to become available after dealing with other applicants.
RESOLVED that the introduction of a fee for the Planning Duty Officer Service be initially set at £30 (plus VAT)
(Proposed by Cllr R J Chesterton and seconded by Cllr R L Stanley)
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.