Wandsworth leads the way for residential planning decisions

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Wandsworth Borough Council leads the way in granting residential planning permissions across Greater London, as Barking & Dagenham, Lewisham and Lambeth lag behind

Using statistics from the ministry of housing, communities & local government, Property Solvers has extracted the total number of Greater London residential planning decisions between April and June.

The London Borough of Wandsworth saw the highest volume of awarded major and minor planning grants. Of the 228 residential planning decisions, 190 (83%) received the go-ahead.

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

The data demonstrated that the outer areas of London saw fewer successful residential planning applications. Barking and Dagenham, for example, saw just 7 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).

Residential planning permission granted across the London Boroughs

London Boroughs – Total major and minor residential decisions granted
Wandsworth 190
Kensington and Chelsea 128
Camden 123
Croydon 104
Southwark 94
Islington 88
Ealing 85
Barnet 82
Waltham Forest 67
Hackney 56
Brent 54
Hillingdon 46
Westminster 39
Sutton 38
Havering 33
Hammersmith and Fulham 32
Harrow 32
Haringey 31
Hounslow 31
Merton 31
Bexley 28
Enfield 27
Kingston-upon-Thames 27
Tower Hamlets 26
Newham 23
Richmond-upon-Thames 23
Bromley 21
Redbridge 21
Greenwich 20
Lambeth 18
Lewisham 16
Barking and Dagenham 7
City of London 3

Commenting on the data, co-founder of Property Solvers, Ruban Selvanayagam, said: “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…”

“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.”

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