The easiest and hardest places to get planning permission in England
By Bea Patel on 19 Apr 2018 in Home Improvements
The process of applying for planning permission yourself or through an agent can be difficult and frustrating. Thousands of applications are still denied each year resulting in numerous re-attempts. Overlooking/loss of privacy was the main reason for declining applications.
However, it’s now easier to get planning permission in England, with 88 per cent of applications approved. The City of London tops the list as the easiest, with 99 per cent of all planning permission applications granted. This is high compared to 54 per cent of applications approved in the London borough of Harrow.
A survey by Everest revealed 34 per cent of people who recently applied for planning permission found the process of getting started quite tough. 32 per cent waited at least three months before their application was approved, and 25 per cent of those denied applied three or more times.
Historical government data shows planning permission applications are accepted more now than before. In the year ending September 2017, authorities received 476,300 planning applications across Britain. 434,300 of these were approved. That’s 88 per cent of planning applications approved up from 82 per cent in the last 10 years.
Easiest and hardest areas to gain planning permission
Everest gathered geographical data by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to reveal the 10 areas most likely areas to accept or decline minor planning permissions (up to one hectare in size).
10 areas most likely to grant planning permission
10 areas most likely to decline planning permission
Although 12 per cent of planning applications were turned down in the last year, that totals 33,000 people across England struggling to get their home improvement plans started. But why were they denied and how can you ensure you get your application approved first time?
Why are planning permission applications denied?
Results from the survey by Everest revealed the most common reason was loss of privacy. 42 per cent of people said this was a struggle they faced.
25 per cent of people experienced unsupportive neighbours or overshadowing/causing loss of light and 16 per cent revealed it was because of disruptions to parking.
Despite this, 65 per cent said their neighbours accepted their home improvement plans – proving community support still exists.
Do you need planning permission?
If you’re unsure if you need planning permission or you’re looking for some tips, see Everest’s guide to common renovation projects to help you get planning permission approved first time.