Planning consent for new houses becomes easier in 55 local council areas

Even though there are already national planning policies in the UK that limit where new houses can be built, most local councils impose their own additional restrictions that limit new homes even more.

But local councils can only do this if they can show that they are giving planning permission for enough homes to tackle the persistent housing shortage we still face.

It was recently announced that 55 local councils in the UK are not meeting their housing targets by so much that their own extra-restrictive local planning policies are no longer valid. The more generous national policies are thus the ones that any new planning applications will be judged against in those areas.

This means that now is a good time to develop and submit a planning application for a new home, especially if you live in one of these 55 affected local council areas:

Adur, Arun, Ashfield, Barking and Dagenham, Basildon, Bolton, Brentwood, Bristol, Bromsgrove, Broxbourne, Bury, Calderdale, Castle Point, Eastbourne, Elmbridge, Enfield, Epping Forest, Epsom and Ewell, Erewash, Gateshead, Gedling, Gravesham, Haringey, Hastings, Havant, Havering, Ipswich, Isle of Wight, Kensington and Chelsea, Medway, North Dorset, North Hertfordshire, Poole, Purbeck, Redbridge, Rossendale, Rother, Sandwell, Sevenoaks, South Bucks, Southend-on-Sea, Southwark, Spelthorne, St Albans, Stevenage, Tandridge, Thanet, Three Rivers, Thurrock, Tower Hamlets, Trafford, Warrington, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield, Worthing.

Local councils do not like having their power taken away, so they will all be working hard to meet their targets again so they can re-impose their own stricter policies. This means that the current relaxation in rules in these areas will not last forever - this window of opportunity will come to an end, so if you are thinking about planning consent it's better to act now rather than wait.

Additionally, the UK government is in the process of introducing a whole new system for dealing with planning applications. This new system could also make it more difficult to get consent in many other areas in the future. So no matter where you live in the UK, it's better to find out what the situation is for you sooner rather than later. If you need advice about whether, when or how to get planning consent for your project, you can contact or phone 0845 170 8050 or 07801 356 840 for some free initial advice.