The councils with the best and worst records in defending housing appeals

North East Derbyshire Council lost two-thirds of appeals for schemes of five homes or more between 2017 and 2020, while three authorities did not lose any such appeals over the time period, according to exclusive Planning research.

Chesterfield in North East Derbyshire. Pic: thinkpublic via Flickr
Chesterfield in North East Derbyshire. Pic: thinkpublic via Flickr

Planning analysed data provided by our sister service COMPASS Online on appeals for housing schemes in England from 2017-20.

In examining the records of local authorities, we only considered those who saw ten or more appeals against their decisions on schemes of five homes or more determined during the four-year period

The council that lost the highest percentage of appeals was North East Derbyshire District Council, which saw eight out of 12 appeals allowed, or 67 per cent. 

In second place is Arun, which had 18 out of 30 appeals allowed, or 60 per cent. It is followed by Sefton and Welwyn Hatfield, both at 57 per cent, in joint third.

The full table can be found here.

North East Derbyshire has been approached for a comment on the findings.

Those that won the highest proportion of appeals were jointly Runnymede, Broxbourne and South Norfolk, all of which had no appeals allowed between 2017 and 2020. The councils experienced ten, 15 and ten appeals respectively over the time period.

They were followed in fourth place by Luton with just six per cent of appeals allowed.

The full table can be found here.

As well as details of the councils that saw the most appeals allowed or dismissed in the period, Planning’s Insight Report on appeals for five homes or more 2017-20 also contains details of:

  • The 30 most frequent appellants for schemes of five homes or more
  • The 30 most successful appellants 

The full report is available here.


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