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Comparison of success rates for planning appeals in Yorkshire & Humberside

There is significant variability across the local planning authorities in Yorkshire and Humberside in their performance 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

The LPAs in Yorkshire & Humberside with the best records for successfully defending their s78 appeals in 2020/21 were York, Barnsley and Rotherham, with 10% or less of their appeals overturned/ allowed by the Planning Inspectorate.  This represents a significant change for Barnsley, which for the previous 2 years was having 30% of appeals allowed. York and Rotherham have been on an improving trend for over 2 years.

At the bottom of the league table this year were Craven (41%), Hull (50%), Ryedale (50%) and Richmondshire (67%), all significantly higher than the national average of 25% of appeals allowed.  This is a signficant worsening for Hull, which only 2 years previously had an enviable appeal success rate.

 

S78 planning appeals in Yorkshire & Humberside 2020/21 2019/20 2018/19
number decided % allowed number decided % allowed number decided % allowed
Barnsley 21 10% 27 30% 23 30%
Bradford 40 25% 47 17% 41 34%
Calderdale 19 21% 27 19% 27 4%
Craven 17 41% 21 38% 14 36%
Doncaster 29 38% 20 20% 23 22%
East Riding of Yorkshire 47 30% 57 26% 38 26%
Hambleton 44 30% 42 31% 36 31%
Harrogate 53 11% 67 22% 47 23%
Kingston upon Hull, City of 6 50% 12 25% 12 17%
Kirklees 35 20% 63 24% 36 22%
Leeds 55 20% 95 17% 120 25%
North East Lincolnshire 4 25% 7 71% 8 13%
North Lincolnshire 32 31% 38 39% 23 43%
North York Moors National Park 5 40% 4 25% 2 50%
North Yorkshire county council 0 - 1 0% 0 -
Richmondshire 3 67% 1 0% 2 0%
Rotherham 10 10% 14 14% 20 40%
Ryedale 6 50% 8 50% 11 27%
Scarborough 3 33% 5 20% 13 31%
Selby 20 25% 15 7% 18 6%
Sheffield 42 19% 72 15% 64 20%
Wakefield 24 25% 28 25% 20 30%
York 27 7% 37 14% 36 28%
Yorkshire Dales National Park 8 13% 9 0% 10 60%

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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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