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Comparison of success rates of planning appeals in London Boroughs

There is significant variability across the London Boroughs in how successful they are in defending planning appeals.  Appealfinder's comparison tables for the past 3 years of PINS statistics are below, revealing some uncomfortable truths about the likelihood of success for s78 planning appeals for appellants and local planning authorities alike.

LPAs with the highest and lowest planning appeal success rates

At the top of the league table for s78 appeals for the year ending 31st March 2021 is Newham, which successfully defended 92% of its appeals with only 8% overturned/ allowed by the Planning Inspectorate.  It was followed by Ealing, Havering and Barking & Dagenham with only 15% - 16% of appeals allowed. (This assessment excludes authorities with only 1 appeal in the year as it is unfair to base judgements on only 1 appeal.)

At the bottom of the league table this year was Merton, which had 56% of its appeals allowed. This is a significant worsening for Merton, which had 29% of appeals allowed in the year ending March 2020 and only 26% allowed in 2019.

S78 planning appeals in London Boroughs 2020/21 2019/20 2018/19
number decided % allowed number decided % allowed number decided % allowed
Barking and Dagenham 37 16% 40 18% 29 17%
Barnet 131 43% 174 36% 197 43%
Bexley 25 28% 31 19% 29 17%
Brent 65 25% 82 26% 79 33%
Bromley 92 35% 139 29% 153 31%
Camden 49 22% 156 17% 92 35%
City of London 1 0% 10 20% 22 5%
Croydon 59 19% 75 17% 84 27%
Ealing 41 15% 63 29% 65 22%
Enfield 60 22% 123 27% 133 25%
Greenwich 50 32% 77 29% 85 25%
Hackney 41 29% 125 26% 85 38%
Hammersmith and Fulham 43 40% 130 31% 90 44%
Haringey 45 27% 77 21% 61 21%
Harrow 51 27% 86 28% 62 26%
Havering 68 16% 87 25% 53 32%
Hillingdon 91 25% 99 31% 102 32%
Hounslow 57 28% 75 35% 84 30%
Islington 58 22% 159 13% 79 19%
Kensington and Chelsea 31 42% 149 17% 87 38%
Kingston upon Thames 26 31% 46 37% 67 34%
Lambeth 39 21% 128 14% 56 21%
Lewisham 65 25% 109 29% 79 24%
London Legacy 2 50% 1 100% 35 40%
Merton 16 56% 41 29% 58 26%
Newham 36 8% 67 13% 68 26%
Old Oak & Park Royal 1 100% 0 - 121 29%
Redbridge 89 21% 82 16% 87 38%
Richmond upon Thames 48 23% 73 32% 67 34%
Southwark 25 32% 116 14% 56 21%
Sutton 37 27% 68 18% 79 24%
Tower Hamlets 26 23% 134 10% 35 40%
Waltham Forest 51 20% 43 28% 58 26%
Wandsworth 26 27% 137 14% 68 26%
Westminster 85 24% 226 14% 121 29%

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Change in planning appeal success rates over time

Some LPAs have improving performance, others worsening performance over time. This can reflect one or more of the following factors:
    • progress of a Local Plan
    • change in five year housing land supply position
    • LPAs granting permission more readily after experiencing a previous swathe of appeals (behaviour adjustment)
    • change in officers and/or councillors
    • statistical variance, particularly there are only a small number of appeals

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