The Government has put planning fees up.
The fees for a householder extension will rise from £110 to £135, whilst the maximum for a major development will jump from £11,000 to £50,000.
British Retail Consortium director general, Kevin Hawkins warned: "This rise in fees represents an unjustifiable 355 per cent increase in the cost of a handling a major planning application."
The new fees begin on April 1. Planning Minister Keith Hill said that as a result they could raise an additional £68 million for local authorities in 2005-6.
In addition the Government is giving councils an extra £170 million to try and improve the planning service.