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Success rates of s78 planning appeals in the South East

The Planning Inspectorate's official statistics for April 2018 to March 2019 show an exceptional range in appeal results, from 75% of appeals allowed in the highest ranked local planning authority (LPA) down to only 6% of appeals allowed in the lowest LPA.

The highest planning appeal success rates in SE England

The highest rates in 2018/19 were in Adur District Council with 75% allowed out of 4 appeals, followed by Bracknell Forest Borough Council with 54% allowed out of 13 appeals and Arun District Council with 52% allowed out of 25 appeals. Not far behind were Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council with 46% allowed out of 13 appeals; Maidstone Borough Council with 46% appeals allowed out of 48 appeals; and Mole Valley District Council with 45% appeals allowed out of 31 in total.

Higher than average planning appeal success rates

Many south-east Councils lost more appeals last year than the national average, with appeals allowed in 41% of cases in Winchester, 40% in Reigate and Banstead, 40% in Worthing, 39% in Test Valley, 39% in Brighton and Hove, 38% in Wycombe and 36% in Shepway.  With 35% of planning appeals allowed in 2018/19 were Hart, Milton Keynes, Windsor & Maidenhead and South Oxfordshire, followed closely with 34% by Guildford and with 33% by West Oxfordshire, Thanet, Portsmouth, Lewes and Fareham.

Wide variety across the South East

The very varied nature of the South East is reflected in the huge variability of LPA planning appeal success rates.  The lowest appeal rates were Southampton having only 9% of 46 planning appeals in the year being allowed, Hastings only 6% of 16 appeals, Runnymede only 6% of 17 appeals and Rushmoor topping the chart at 0% allowed, although this LPA only had 1 appeal.

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Low planning appeal success rates in the south east

SE Boroughs with slim chance of planning appeal success included Spelthorne, Horsham & Eastbourne, all with only 11% of planning appeals allowed; New Forest & Isle of Wight with 13% allowed, Tunbridge Wells with 14%, Basingstoke & Deane with 14% and Vale of White Horse with 15% of planning appeals allowed in 2018/19.  Also lower than average were Mid Sussex, Chichester and Gravesham with a 17% success rate, Dover Tandridge, Eastleigh, East Hampshire and Wokingham with a 18% success rate, Crawley and Surrey Heath with a 19% success rate, and Canterbury, Ashford, Dartford and Gossport with a 20% success rate.

LPAs with below average appeal success rates

The Planning Inspectorate's figures for 2018/19 show that 21% of appeals were allowed in Reading and Havant, 22% in South Bucks, 23% in Woking, 25% in Slough and Oxford, 27% in Swale, 28% in Rother and New Forest, 29% in Epsom & Ewell, Medway, Aylesbury Vale, Waverley, Chiltern and South Downs, and 30% in Wealden.  Near the national average were Severnoaks, West Berkshire and Elmbridge with 31% appeal success, and Cherwell with 32% appeal success in 2018/19, according to official PINS figures.

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Householder appeals

The above figures are for s78 appeals.  Householder appeal rates are different and can be seen in the table below.


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