Recognition, within the revised framework of national planning policy, of the likely need to use AAEs for particularly large or complex applications could be seen as an indictment against the adequacy of the fee structure, to the extent that they refer to these applications, rather than as a solution for the financing of planning services in general. AAEs can also be used to replace the legal time frame for setting a planning application with a longer time frame, subject to the consent of the applicant and the local planning authority. While Walker said that the total volume of applications received by the Commission had decreased by only about 5% compared to the previous year, the largest applications were handled with PPAs – officials agreeing to a time scale tailored with developers. BD asked Westminster to confirm the exact 42% reduction period for large applications and the number of applications involved, but the Commission had not provided the information at the time of publication. The Department of Housing, Municipalities and Local Government noted the Council`s planning statistics by Council indicate that Westminster recorded approximately 1,559 applications in the April-June quarter of this year. Only 11 of these decisions were classified as “large” and 629 as “minor” and 919 were classified as “minor” and 919 were others. Paying an AEA fee ensures that your application is processed on an agreed schedule with meetings to resolve issues encountered during the application process. However, it does not guarantee the granting of a building permit. If the planning proposal is contrary to the guidelines adopted by the Council, the London plan or the national guidelines, it is recommended to be rejected.
These are voluntary agreements between applicants and the local planning authorities that contribute to them: addressing the likely EEA needs for large or complex applications is an inevitable link of tension with the planning practice guide, as it suggests that application fees generally reflect the work that a local planning authority must do to process the application. Robert Davis, deputy chairman of Westminster City Council and chairman of the planning committee until last year, resigned on Wednesday this week after an internal investigation revealed he had breached the council`s code of conduct. The internal investigation resulted in a report published yesterday on the Council`s website which indicates that Mr Davis has been subjected to real estate figures at least 150 times from 2015 and has received gifts. These gifts and hospitality include dinners in the best restaurants in London and excursions to the south of France, Switzerland, Spain and the United States. They were made available by real estate companies that participated in half of the development applications decided by its commission in 2016. Westminster City Council reported a sharp slowdown in applications for large ticketing applications received so far this year, with a 42% drop in the largest applications subject to Planning Performance Agreements (AAEs).  See www.westminster.gov.uk/sites/default/files/investigation_report_re_councillor_robert_davis.pdf None of this is to propose to Mr. Davis that he be prosecuted.