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GUEST ARTICLE: Winners and losers of planning permission postcode lottery revealed

  • 2 Jul 2019

The winners and losers of the planning permission postcode lottery have been revealed, with the London Borough of Enfield having the Local Planning Authority (LPA) with the lowest approval rate in England, with 38% of requests rejected.

With planning permission often required for new buildings and major alterations to a building’s structure or purpose, the study from MoneySuperMarket, the UK’s leading price comparison website, analysed over a decade of government statistics, as well as consumer opinion, on the process. It found just 62% of applicants are successful in the London borough.

By contrast, the Local Planning Authority in the North Yorkshire district of Richmondshire granted the highest rate of approvals, giving the green light to 99% of applicants in the area, while the UK average for the 2017/18 financial year stood at 88%.

Top 10 LPAs with the lowest approval rates (Based on decisions on applications during Q4 of 2018)

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Top 10 LPAs with the highest approval rates

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The national approval rate has been steadily on the rise since 2006/07, when it was as low as 82%. However, while the approval rate is increasing, the total number of planning requests submitted has decreased by 27%.

The data also reveals 5% of respondents discovered that they did not need to submit an application for their project at all – meaning they could have saved £206 on the fee for a single housing development application. This equates to over £4.8million wasted by unnecessary applications.

Rachel Wait, consumer affairs spokesperson at MoneySuperMarket, commented: “Improving your home can be an exciting but challenging time, especially when it comes to planning permission. The good news is there are a range of government and independent sources available to help you understand how things work.

“Despite three quarters of people saying that the planning permission process wasn’t an enjoyable experience, nearly nine in 10 applications were successful last year. Hopefully that means the difficulties faced by applicants are generally paying off.

“If you are looking to build your own home, there are specialist self-build mortgages available and it’s important to do your research and shop around before making your decision.”

For more information on the planning permission process, visit the MoneySuperMarket Planning Permission Report.

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