The Postcode Planning Lottery

Location can not only affect the price of your house, but also whether you could be approved for planning permission. With house prices rapidly rising, many are choosing to purchase smaller houses with the intention to extend in the future.

It is estimated that 90% of applications are granted nationally, however around 20,000 households will be hit by unfair rejections. Just Planning, a specialist in low-cost householder appeals, has found that there is a divide in the planning rejections between the north and south of the UK. Interestingly, councils in the south tend to decline more planning applications. Their research showed that the bottom 10 councils were all within the South East.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many rejections came from the capital where the capacity to expand is challenging due to its lack of space. Furthermore, in some parts in the north of the UK, 100% of planning applications were permitted. There are many ways planning permission can be refused, some of which are listed below:

  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Visual amenity (but not loss of private view)
  • Adequacy of parking/loading/turning
  • Highway safety
  • Traffic generation
  • Noise and disturbance resulting from use
  • Hazardous materials
  • Smells
  • Loss of trees
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area

A homeowner should also be aware of what lies beneath and around their property. Before the decision to purchase a home, it is advisable that the correct searches are carried out. These can include the history of the home’s planning permission and whether cases have been rejected previously. Here at CDS, we not only offer checks into a home’s history but also the planning within a 250 metre radius. From simple residential extensions to mass developments of open land, the planning application details will be gathered and returned in the report for as little as £10.00 + VAT. For more information please contact us.

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