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How does your region perform in planning permission success rates?

While the general trend for homeowners these days it to “move up not out”, a new study has revealed the planning permission success rates you can expect to see in your borough.

Everest Home Improvement, which published the study, said 99 per cent of applications made in the City of London were approved, while just 54 per cent were given the green light in Harrow.

Homeowners in Kingston upon Thames, Newham and Luton also suffer at the hands of local authorities, with just over 60 per cent of applications approved.

The research shows that obtaining planning permission is easier than it was a decade ago, but more than a third (34 per cent) who have recently applied found the process “very tough”.

A third (32 per cent) of applicants can also expect to wait more than three months before getting the go ahead.

In total, 476,300 planning applications were made across Britain, of which 434,300 were approved – a success rate of around 88 per cent.

Homeowners generally have to seek planning permission if their extension or alteration to the property meets a set of thresholds. For example, if the new addition exceeds the highest part of the existing roof, or the appearance of materials is different to the existing house, a planning application will generally need to be made.

Other extensions, such as a rear facing conservatory, can be considered a “permitted development”, meaning an application is not required. If you’re unsure, it’s always worth speaking to a professional before going ahead with the build. Local authorities have the right to ask homeowners to tear down extensions if they are built without the necessary approval. Worse still, failure to get consent to alter a listed property is a criminal offence and you could go to jail or face fines of up to £20,000.

Top 10 regions most likely to get planning permission

Number Reference area Percentage approved
1 City of London 99%
2 Wigan 98%
3 Exmoor National Park 97%
4 Copeland 97%
5 Hartlepool 96%
6 Rushmoor 96%
7 Plymouth 96%
8 Sefton 95%
9 Middlesbrough 95%
10 The Broads Authority 95%

Top 10 regions least likely to get planning permission

Number Reference area Percentage approved
1 Harrow 54%
2 Enfield 60%
3 Newham 61%
4 Havering 61%
5 Hillingdon 61%
6 Luton 62%
7 Redbridge 63%
8 Southend-on-Sea 63%
9 Kingston upon Thames 64%
10 Maldon 64%

For more information, please contact the real estate team at ELS Legal.

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