A bit like Christmas, preparations for the Autumn Spending Review seen to come around earlier each year. The results of the Spending Review will be published by the Treasury on 25 November and we are already starting to get news of its likely content.

Last week George Osborne pledged £100 billion in infrastructure spending by 2020 – including full funding for the £15 billion Roads Investment Strategy published last year. An excerpt from his speech is below.

Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that the Spending Review is also likely to propose de-centralising the setting of planning application fees - allowing each Council to set their fees at a local level.

Whilst the first of these reports is to be welcomed - infrastructure delivery is key to unlocking development sites - I cannot help but be concerned about the reports in the Financial Times. If strict guidelines are not put in place, engaging with the local planning authority could rapidly become extremely expensive.