Following our recent article on the most challenging areas in England to obtain planning permission, we now take a look at the top 10 easiest areas.

Three of the top 10 easiest areas were located in the county of Cumbria, at Carlisle, Copeland and Eden respectively. In fact, there appears to be a lot of northern authorities that make the list, as well as a number of more southern and western areas such as Rushmoor and Fareham in Hampshire and Cornwall Council.

The full top ten can be seen below, including the percentage of decisions approved within each authority area.

1. Carlisle, Cumbria (98.90%)
2. Copeland, Cumbria (98.72%)
3. Richmondshire, North Yorkshire (98.17%)
4. Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire (97.89%)
5. County Durham, North East (97.82%)
6. Fareham, Hampshire (97.79%)
7. Cornwall, South West (97.39%)
8. Eden, Cumbria (97.38%)
9. North West Leicestershire, Midlands (97.36%)
9. Rushmoor, Hampshire (97.36%)
10. Darlington, County Durham (97.29%)

All these local authorities managed to surpass the national average approval rate of 91%. However, given that a lot of the top 10 authorities are in less populated areas, it is likely that they process significantly less applications than the more densely populated London and home county areas. Click here to see the top 10 hardest areas to achieve permission in England.

Research was conducted by Roofing Megastore, a roofing supplies merchant, looked back at 3 years worth of planning application data available from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to calculate the percentage of applications that were granted and rejected. More than 300 local planning authorities were analysed.

09 November 2020