The Planning Officers Society (POS), in its response to the Planning Gain Supplement (PGS) consultation, says it is opposed to the national taxation system that PGS as currently outlined would become.
POS believes the alternative option of a Tariff approach would be far preferable as it would:
In light of these concerns on matters of principle, and as the consultation does not provide sufficient detail at this stage, Geoff Cross for POS said “We agree that details would need to be further discussed. For example, thresholds would probably be needed at the level of a new dwelling or equivalent for commercial development. We feel that valuation self certification will involve the Revenue in costly complex valuation checking and duplication of administration with LPAs which would not occur with the Tariff alternatives.”
The Society has offered the ODPM its expertise in discussing stakeholder engagement, the details of valuation arrangement, payment arrangements, development start notices and administration once decisions in principle have been taken following the consultation.