The easiest place to get planning permission in England has been revealed

Pure Commercial Finance has revealed the four places where you are most likely to get planning permission in England.

The commercial finance brokerage has scoured government data to reveal that there were 18 places in England where 100 per cent of major development applications were accepted in the year ending 31 March 2017.

The City of London, Wigan, Exmoor National Park, and Copeland saw all major developments granted, and also saw the highest approval rates for minor developments too.



Percentage of major developments granted Percentage of minor developments granted

City of London






Exmoor National Park



Copeland 100%



During the same period, the areas where you were least likely to get a major planning permission application accepted were Epsom and Ewell where just 38.46 per cent were granted, followed by Spelthorne (50 per cent) and Bournemouth (52.08 per cent).

Overall, the total number of planning applications submitted in England has fallen by a quarter over the last ten years, however the percentage of successful grants has grown from 82 per cent to 88 per cent.

The data has been presented by Pure Commercial Finance as part of its campaign to help investors know more about the development process. Ben Lloyd, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Pure Commercial Finance, said:

“Commercial property finance is our bread and butter and we help arrange funding for development projects across the country on a daily basis, so we were intrigued to see where these were most likely to get permission and at what rate.

“We are pleased to see a number of planning bodies across the country are keen for the redevelopment and expansion of property on offer in their areas, and are delighted to provide our current and future clients with an insight into this data.


For further insights into the data analysed and to read the full report click here.

2 Responses

  1. tim beckett

    this is absolute rubbish if you knew anything about the planning process you would know that applications are encouraged by councils to be withdrawn if they are not going to be permitted allowing council figures to look good

    1. A Coulson

      I agree……..this article is a complete joke, sam Allcock should be on the stage . Planners just tell you won’t get planning permission so don’t bother to apply or take forever to decide…..makes planning authorities figures look good…………you would have to be some kind of dim wit to believe this article……….. I suppose some people will believe anything if it makes them look good!

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