Planning Permission: You Have An Edge In County Durham

19th June 2024
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There are many things buyers and sellers need to consider when making a move in the housing market, and planning permission is more relevant than you think. If you are a homeowner looking to sell your home, making some upgrades might help you to sell your home for a far greater return.

Also, buyers will take comfort in knowing they can make changes to a home, which is why a local area with a positive reputation for planning permission can attract potential property buyers.

Recent investigations by Trade Fix Direct provide valuable insights into where in the UK planning permissions are most and least likely to be granted. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.

Planning Permission Success Rates Across the UK

Trade Fix Direct’s analysis of government data on planning applications from 2000 to 2024 reveals significant regional differences in the likelihood of planning permission being granted. These insights are particularly relevant for homeowners considering property modifications or those looking to highlight potential development opportunities to prospective buyers.

Areas with Lowest Planning Permission Success

London stands out as the region with the highest rates of planning permission refusals. The data shows that:

Hillingdon, London: Only 62% of planning permission requests were approved between 2000 and 2024, making it the area with the lowest success rate.

Enfield and Newham, London: Both areas have approval rates below 63%, placing them among the most challenging districts for securing planning permission.

London boroughs occupy all top 10 positions and 18 of the top 20 positions for planning permission refusals, highlighting the difficulties faced by homeowners in these areas.

Areas with Highest Planning Permission Success

Conversely, some regions boast exceptionally high planning permission success rates. Notably:

City of London: Almost 98% of planning permission requests were granted over the 24-year period, making it the most favourable area for obtaining approval.

Cumberland: Securing second place, Cumberland has a 96% approval rate for planning permissions.

County Durham: In third place, County Durham shows a robust 95% approval rate, offering excellent prospects for homeowners in Wynyard and the surrounding areas.

Implications for Wynyard Homeowners

For those in Wynyard, these statistics are promising. The high success rate in County Durham means that homeowners have a strong chance of getting planning permission approved. This can be a significant selling point, whether you're considering extending your property or marketing its potential for future development.

Key Takeaways for Wynyard Homeowners Looking To Sell

Highlight Development Potential: Given the high planning permission approval rates, emphasize the potential for property extensions or modifications when marketing your home.

Seek Professional Guidance: Ensure you have a solid understanding of local planning regulations and work with professionals to navigate the application process effectively.

Leverage Local Success Rates: Use the positive planning permission statistics as a selling point to attract buyers interested in development opportunities.

Paul Kershaw from Trade Fix Direct spoke about the results, saying: “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.”

We are here to help you move in and around Wynyard

If you are looking for help with any matter of the Wynyard property market, it is best to speak to property professionals. No one knows for sure what is going to happen next, so we won’t claim to have all the answers, but the Anthony Jones team is keen to help you as best we can. If you would like to contact us over housing matters, please call us today on 01740 807107.


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