A collection of surveys conducted between 2017 and 2019 indicate that between 27 and 34% of recent applicants for planning permission in the UK found the process difficult. One survey, conducted by Everest, revealed 32% of applicants waited three months for approval, whilst a quarter of applicants faced with denial had applied in excess of three times.

In spite of these figures, historical government data shows a significant increase in the number of approved planning applications in recent years, jumping from an approval rate of 82 to 88%.

The ease of obtaining planning permission is hugely dependent on the quality of application, alongside the area for which the development is proposed. The best way to ensure the success of your planning application is to consult an experienced planning consultant, who will assist in the development and submission of an effective, comprehensive application.