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London the worst region for planning permissions

Planning permissions are least likely to be granted in London, with London boroughs ranking in all of the top 10 positions for planning permission refusals.

The worst offender is Hillingdon in West London, where, where two in five (38%) applications are rejected.

This is closely followed by London districts Enfield and Newham, where less than 63% of planning permission requests have been granted.

Paul Kershaw at Trade Fix Direct said: “If you’re looking to start a renovation or construction project, it’s important to find out whether you will require planning permission and to request this, where applicable.

To give yourself the best chance of success, it’s always good to be in the know about acceptance rates and to follow best practices when making an application.”

“If you don’t apply for planning permission, and your project requires it, you can be served an ‘enforcement notice’, which effectively instructs you to reverse all the changes that you have made. If you fail to comply with the enforcement notice, and have no outstanding appeal once the period for compliance has passed, you could face up to an unlimited fine.”

Projects in the City of London are most likely to get planning permission granted, with nearly 98% of requests approved between 2000 and 2024.

Following in second is Cumberland, where 96% of requests have been approved, with County Durham ranking in third with 95% of planning permission requests granted.

It’s becoming easier to get planning permission approved in some areas.

In Newham, London, for example, there’s been a 38% increase in the number of planning permission applications granted, from 39% in 2000 to 77% in 2024.

The second most improved region is Blackburn with Darwen, where there has been a 32% increase in the number of approved planning applications.

London district Ealing ranked third, where there has been a 25% increase in the number of granted planning permission requests.

In terms of where it’s getting worse, Barking and Dagenham has seen a 33% decrease in the number of planning permission applications granted, from 91% in 2000 to just 58% in 2024.

Following in second is Gloucester, where there has been a 26% decrease in the number of approved planning applications.

Rossendale, in the North West, ranked in third with a 23% decrease in the number of granted planning permission requests.

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