Holyrood pushed on planning fees

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PRESSURE is being put on the Scottish Government to allow councils to charge more for processing wind farm and other major planning applications.

The fee is capped at £15,950 – but Councillor Gavin Logan says it can cost Scottish Borders Council in excess of £30,000 to process an application.

He says that is unfair and is a subsidy to the developer.

This week Carolyn Riddell-Carre, the councillor responsible for planning in the Borders, agreed.

She told Mr Logan that the council, together with planning heads across the country and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, were urging Holyrood to bring in higher fees for all but minor household planning applications.