Land, planning permission fees and current expenditure. A controversial story in need of fiscal ecological reform - Since 1967 income from granting permission to build has been gradually channelled into spending on current account. The initial precise and virtuous objectives have been changed, for controversial reasons and with questionable responsibilities, with a completely different outcome. The design, planning and regulatory roles of plans have been weakened to trigger a serious cultural drift where the incentive to use land to ‘fill the coffers’ can condition local decision-making and policies. The idea of land as a common good, partly incorporated in the initial intentions, rather than being strengthened has diminished dangerously in urban planning practice and the idea that it is a natural resource to be cared for, that can be exhausted and cannot be reproduced, has vanished. Full attention must be given to the issue to make a rapid change of direction (a fiscal ecological reform?) in order to repair the unsustainable damage done.
Keywords: Planning permission fees; land consumption; ecological fiscal reform.