Want to secure planning permissions quickly? Look to Cheshire

Developers should consider Cheshire if they prioritise securing planning approvals quickly – as the North West region has the highest rate of planning applications made in time across the UK.

A study by money.co.uk mortgages shows that 86% of applications were approved in a timely fashion across Cheshire West and Chester, while similarly a high proportion were given the green light quickly in Cheshire East (81%).

To count as being on time applications need to be dealt with within 13 weeks for major applications, or 8 weeks for minor or other applications

Planning departments can be slow in approving developments due to issues like staff cuts, but seemingly that’s not a big issue in Cheshire.

Digging deeper into the data, the Merseyside metropolitan borough of Knowsley has the highest planning application approval rate at 97%.

Merseyside also scored highly for having the best renovation opportunities. As well as having a high planning application approval rate, the area also has a low average property price, at just £178,285, making it great value for those looking to renovate.

The areas in England that have the quickest planning approval rate: 

Rank Local authority Region Planning applications made in time
1 Cheshire West and Chester North West 86%
2 Cheshire East North West 81%
3 Charnwood East Midlands 79%
4 Winchester South East 75%
5 Bury North West 69%
6 Bolton North West 69%
7 Bracknell Forest South East 67%
8 Kirklees Yorkshire & the Humber 66%
9 Wigan North West 66%
10 Swindon South West 64%


The areas in the England that have the highest planning approval rate: 

Rank Local authority Region Planning applications granted
1 Knowsley North West 97%
2 Stockton-on-Tees North East 96%
3 Havant South East 96%
4 Cotswold South West 96%
5 Winchester South East 95%
6 Solihull West Midlands 95%
7 Broadland East of England 95%
8 County Durham North East 95%
9 South Oxfordshire South East 95%
10 North Hertfordshire East of England 95%