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Sorry just to clarify are you based in Scotland?
The time he has taken to pay the bill isn't relevant. He has five years to bill you in Scotland. However, from your narrative he is in breach of contract. You engaged him to prepare plans suitable for applying for local authority consents. He didn't do that. Tell him you're not paying the bill for that reason. Happy to discuss. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
No I think you should make it clear in writing at the moment why you aren't prepared to pay the bill. Keep a copy of the letter and you can found on it at a later stage if necessary. You don't want him saying to a court that your complaints weren't made until he started chasing you.