Thursday, December 10, 2015
New housing developments are less likely to be approved by councils in the south of England, where there is an acute shortage of supply, than in the north due to local authorities Â“dragging their heelsÂ”, a report says. Councils are rejecting plans, particularly in rural areas, in the face of significant population growth, according to the thinktank Demos. Maldon district council, in Essex, approved just 25% of the 64 applications it received between 2010 and 2015, making it the worst local authority in England for rejecting planning applications for major residential projects. In contrast, Copeland, in Cumbria, approved 100% of 40 applications in the five years analysed.