Planning Permission Success Rates

Can I get Planning Permission?

When extending your home, the thought of obtaining planning permission will surely have crossed your mind. But before you start exploring this route, it may be possible to bypass this process completely as you may be entitled to build under the government’s permitted development laws. It may be that you have already explored the permitted development rights avenue, and discovered that planning permission is your only option. For more information on this, check out our article ‘Can I Extend Without Planning Permission?’

The costs for planning permission vary, depending on the householder’s requirements. At the time of writing, the costs for planning permission (including the mandatory £28 fee for the planning portal) are £462 for a full application of a single dwelling in England. Extensions by a householder in England are £234 and cost around half the price of this for permitted development applications. For more information, check out Planning Portal’s ‘A Guide to the Planning Applications in England’

The process of obtaining planning permission for your home is stated on the government website, however this can be quite confusing for those who are unfamiliar with the process. Planning Portal has created a handy flow chart listing all of the various stages that your planning permission application can go through, and you can access this by clicking the link here.


How long will it take?

According to the website, the time period for a planning application has a statutory time limit depending on the type of project you are undertaking. This is 13 weeks for major developments, 8 weeks for all other types of developments (unless your application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment, which will be up to 26 weeks).

In the event where a planning application takes longer than this statutory period, and an extended period has not been agreed, the government has a policy that a decision should be made within 26 weeks. This is in place to comply with the government’s ‘planning guarantee’.



Need more help?

Don’t worry! Plans 2 Extend are here to help – and we’re pleased to say that our success rates for planning permission are high! Out of 235 planning applications, only 14 applications did not progress to the next stage. The reasons for this vary and were either withdrawn, refused or did not go to the planning stage. At the time this article was written, the success rate for planning applications with Plans 2 Extend stands at an impressive 94.04%!

According to A Wood Idea’s planning permission tool from July 2019, Bolton and Manchester’s success for homeowners rate was 90%, with Wigan being slightly higher at 93%. Compared to places in the South East, Greater Manchester has a much higher success rate with planning permission. For example, West London, which consists of the Boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow and the Richmond upon Thames, have an average approval rate of 75.86% – 17% less than Wigan!

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