Freedom of Information Request

The Planning Guarantee

Received: 2 April 2024

Dear Sir/Madam,I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act in relation to your authority's policies and practices in providing refunds under the planning guarantee legislation (Regulation 9A of the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012) and more recent iterations.1.Please detail how the authority determine an applicant's eligibility for a refund in accordance with the legislation. 2.Can you provide any official documentation, policies, or guidelines that outline the process and criteria for refund eligibility under the planning guarantee legislation? This would include any procedural steps that applicants must follow to initiate a refund request.a)If the authority does not have any official documentation, policies or guidelines and has not sought to create this since the inception of the legislation can you provide an explanation why?3.Are there circumstances, such as the statute of limitations, under which refunds would not be provided? If so, what are these circumstances? Any supporting written advice from your legal department would be of interest.4.Has your authority been proactive in informing applicant's that they are due a refund of their planning application fees paid when they become eligible?a)If the answer to 4 is no, could you explain the rationale behind this approach?5.Has your authority been proactive in refunding applicant's fees when they become eligible?a)If the answer to 5 is no, could you explain the rationale behind this approach?b)If refunds are not proactively made, can you advise what happens to the funds from the unclaimed refunds, since the legislation was implemented. c)Can you advise how much has the authority 'earned'/received in funds for planning applications from applicants that was due to be returned but has not been.6.Please provide the contact information for submitting refund requests i.e. the relevant person/team, contact telephone number and contact email address.7.Please provide the contact information for the authority's Monitoring Officer, as their oversight may be relevant to my inquiries.If these questions are outside FOI scope, kindly direct me to the correct department who can handle my request.I appreciate your assistance and look forward to your response within the statutory 20 day timeframe.

Outcome / Documents

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