Planning permission: how to improve your chances of success

Find out how likely planning permission is in your region, as well as the best ways to improve your chances of success.

By Hugh Metcalf | 23 January 2020

As new research reveals the success rate of planning permission across the UK, we look at a few easy ways to help your application get granted.

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An analysis of approval rates across the UK has uncovered which regions in the country enjoy the largest success rates when it comes to planning permission applications. The research, conducted by A Wood Idea, found that on average the UK saw approval rates of 86%.

Topping the list of the most successful regions were the North East (93%), the North West (92%), Yorkshire & The Humber (91%), the East Midlands (91%) and the South West (90%).

London didn’t fair so favourably, with North, East and West London all sitting at 77% approval rate or below, despite the fact that the City of London enjoyed one of the highest number of individual success stories, at 97%. Harrow faired the worst as an individual in the UK, with just 64% of applications approved.

You can find out your area’s chance of planning application success using a free online tool.