Wandsworth gets the most planning grants awarded

Michael Lloyd

September 30, 2019

The London Borough of Wandsworth has had the most major and minor planning grants awarded.

By analyasing Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government statistics, estate agency Property Solvers has found of the 228 residential planning decisions in Wandsworth from April to June, 190 (83%) were given the green light.

Ruban Selvanayagam, co-founder of Property Solvers, said: “With developers worried about the impacts of Brexit, a weakening pound and rising construction costs, it’s a financially risky time to be building new homes.

“Many projects are successfully getting planning but not being executed – mainly out of fear of financial disaster.”

Kensington & Chelsea saw 128 of the 142 planning decisions granted (90%).  Camden, in North London, also had 123 out of 148 decisions awarded (83%).

However, the outer areas of London saw fewer successful planning applications.  Barking and Dagenham, for example, saw just seven out of 25 (28%) planning grants awarded.

Planning committees at Lewisham, Lambeth, Greenwich, Redbridge, Bromley, Richmond, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Kingston, Enfield and Bexley Borough councils granted under 30 planning applications individually.

Selvanayagam added: “Although it’s encouraging to see reasonable levels of successful planning decisions in Central London, it’s perplexing as to why many of the outer areas have seen such a low level of permissions.

“For instance, in Barking and Dagenham, with a population of over 210,000, such a low volume is concerning.  I suspect that issues like NIMBYism and a reluctance to build too densely amongst these council decision-makers are coming into play.”

“It’s also worth adding that successful planning decisions do not necessarily mean that projects are actually being carried out.”

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