How likely are you to get planning permission? New tool reveals approval rates for your town – with Carlisle at 97% but Harrow bottom of the pile
- Majority have planning permission applications granted
- Homeowners in the North East have the best chances of getting approval
- West London has the lowest average planning approval rate in England
Most growing families have to decide at some point whether to move house or expand what they’ve got and for those who decide to extend, applying for planning permission can be a daunting prospect.
Applicants sometimes have to wait up to 16 weeks for a decision and there’s no guarantee the answer that comes back will be good news.
In fact, many don’t even bother – some 40,000 since 2017 have filed for planning permission after they’ve already finished their building work.
But most applications are approved. Around 86 per cent get their planning permission applications granted, according to analysis of government data.
Around 86 per cent get their planning permission applications granted research suggests
A Wood Idea – floor and door fitters – have designed a new tool, which you can find below, that tells you how likely you are in your area to get permission granted.
Homeowners in the North East have the best chances of getting their planning application approved.
The region has an average approval rate of 93 per cent, with County Durham achieving the highest success rate at 96 per cent.
Overall, the North East has the most consistent planning approval rates, with just 6 per cent variation between the region’s highest and lowest approval rates.
At the other end of the scale, West London has the lowest average planning approval rate in England at 76 per cent, some 17 per cent lower than the North East’s average.
|Authority||Approval rate (%)|
|City of London||97|
|North East Lincolnshire||96|
Hammersmith and Fulham had the highest approval rates in West London at 88 per cent.
Looking at all of the London regions collectively, the UK’s capital had an average approval rate of 81 per cent, based on a total of 74,523 applications made during the period.
While homeowners in the City of London can enjoy a 97 per cent success rate — the joint highest in England — residents in Harrow weren’t so fortunate.
With a 64 per cent approval rate, this is the lowest in the country.
Excluding London’s combined data, homeowners in the South West were the most keen to extend and upgrade their homes, submitting 34,508 applications during the period, the highest of all regions.
Residents in the East Midlands submitted the fewest applications at 6,509, which could potentially be a reflection of a difference in population size.
The North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber all take the top three spots for the highest approval rates.
Benjamin Heginbotham, A Wood Idea director, said: ‘Planners want you to build and develop the area; they don’t want to fail your application.
‘Firstly, consider your neighbours; anything that overshadows their property and has a negative impact on their living environment will likely be refused.’
Homeowners in the North East have the best chances of getting their application approved
He adds: ‘Your plans should be in-keeping with the area.
|Authority||Approval rate (%)|
|Barking and Dagenham||70|
|Brighton and Hove||76|
‘Taking the lead from other builds on your street can be useful as, should somebody object while your application is going through, the planners are more likely to approve your project if there is a precedent set.
‘Finally, make sure you understand the architectural drawings before submitting your application.
‘If you don’t, you could gain planning permission for a space or design that isn’t suitable or even what you wanted.’
Heginbotham added that while approval rates vary across England, homeowners who are considering submitting a planning application should seek information from their local authority to avoid delays.
The company analysed government data from district planning authorities.
This was applications received, decided, granted and delegated and environmental statements received, by local planning authority