The recognition in the revised National Planning Framework that 2As may be required for particularly large or complex applications could arguably be seen as an indictment of the adequacy of royalty regulations to the extent that they relate to such applications rather than as a solution for the funding of planning services in general. “The number of requests has increased accordingly, but there are still many [fewer] large-scale requests with planning service contracts – a 42% decrease from the previous year.” These are voluntary agreements between applicants and contributing local planning authorities: Case 4 is a comprehensive response to the two arguments mentioned above. As regards the first argument, it is not relevant to the commission of the offence that gifts and hospitality are openly declared. The prosecution does not have to prove secrecy or deception. As regards the second argument, it is not relevant for the commission of the offence that the addressee properly performed his duties. The Public Prosecutor`s Office does not have to prove improper execution; the infringement is based solely on the acceptance of the benefit, and not on the consequences of the acceptance of the benefit. Paying the fee for a ECA ensures that your application is processed according to an agreed schedule with meetings to overcome issues that arise during the application process. However, it does not guarantee that the building permit will be granted. If the development proposal contradicts the directives adopted by the Council, the London Plan or the national guidelines, it is recommended that it be rejected. However, caution should be exercised before ESAs are considered a solution.
The Guide to Planning Practices provides that local planning authorities may charge a fee for the administrative burden associated with the agreement and implementation of a FTA, but only to the extent that this goes beyond the legal competence of a public authority. This avoids the duplication of building application fees, but in reality blurs the line between discretionary acts and those that are part of a legal liability. .