The key findings from the analysis are that respondents views are as follows:
Current fees are considered to be too low though the fee increase proposed is excessive and disproportionate.
There is a risk to making onshore renewable generation uneconomic – negative impact on renewable energy deployment and progress to targets.
More clarity is required over the service improvements to be delivered, such as more certainty around decision timeframe and timely decisions.
Planning Authorities should receive greater remuneration.
There is an opportunity to reconsider the categories of fees.
The variation fee should be substantially lower than a new application fee.
There should be a second round of consultation as justification for the increase is weak. A revised Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) should be undertaken.
Implementation of a fee increase should be delayed and should have a grace period.
Costs would be passed on to consumers – the proposed S37 application fee increase for small scale grid would be a significant increase. The proposed section 36 application fee increase would add to development costs for some large scale projects comprised of both new applications and variations to existing consents.