London Planning Permission

Planning in London Boroughs

If you want to get Planning Permission in London it helps to know the rules in each Borough. Most have their own local Planning Policy to work to, and some are tougher than others. Each London Borough deals with planning permission in their own way. Some have a design guide to download known as an SPD or SPG. Others offer free pre-application advice, but most now charge for this.


What are SPDs and SPGs?

Each Council is required to publish their own Planning Policy as part of the wider London Plan. An SPD is a Supplementary Planning Document and an SPG is Supplementary Planning Guidance. These are documents that the Council can publish to supplement their main planning policy and to explain their planning rules in more detail. Most Councils publish either an SPD or SPG that aims to give clear Residential Design Guidance.


Planning Policy in your Borough

We have listed every London Borough below along with the following key details. So just look up your Borough below and give yourself the best start to understand Planning in your part of London.

  • The % of residential planning applications approved last year
  • Links to residential design guidance for householder projects
  • Whether the pre-aaplication advice offered is free or paid for

Featured image is a map based on UK Gov Data showing % of Homeowner Planning Applications approved by each London Borough last year


Barking and Dagenham

735 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Barking and Dagenham last year.

81% Planning Approval
81%

Download the Barking and Dagenham Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD

Pre-application advice costs £250 in Barking and Dagenham. This is more than the cost of making a planning application so does not make sense for most people.


Barnet

2,100 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Barnet last year.

82% Planning Approval
82%

Download the Barnet Residential Design Guide SPD

Pre-application advice costs £148.20 in Barnet but does not include a site visit or a meeting so many people go straight to a planning application instead.

Barnet Extension London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Bexley

1,400 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Bexley last year.

86% Planning Approval
86%

Download the Bexley Design For Living Residential Design Guide

Pre-application advice costs £90 in Bexley which is one of the lowest charges in London, so it might be worth taking them up on their offer.


Brent

1,300 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Brent last year.

74% Planning Approval
74%

Download the Brent Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD

Pre-application advice costs £240 in Brent. This is more than the cost of making a planning application so does not make sense for most people.


Bromley

2,200 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Bromley last year.

75% Planning Approval
75%

Download the Bromley Residential Design Guide SPG

Pre-application advice costs £150 in Bromley, so is quite sensible if there is some planning risk in your project.


Camden

416 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Camden last year.

90% Planning Approval
90%

Camden do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

London Borough of Camden charge £433 for pre-application advice which is one of the most expensive, and much more than the cost of a planning application.

Camden Refurbishment London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


City of London

10 householder planning applications were submitted in City of London last year.

90% Planning Approval
90%

City of London do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice is free in the City of London so we recommend taking up this offer


Croydon

1,400 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Croydon last year.

85% Planning Approval
85%

Download the Croydon Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD

Pre-application advice costs £96 in Croydon which is one of the lowest charges in London, so it might be worth taking them up on their offer.


Ealing

1,300 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Ealing last year.

85% Planning Approval
85%

Download the Ealing Residential Extensions SPD

Pre-application advice costs £150 in Ealing, so is quite sensible if there is some planning risk in your project.

Ealing Extension London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Enfield

1,200 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Enfield last year.

62% Planning Approval
62%

Enfield do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice is free in Enfield so we recommend taking up this offer

Enfield Extension London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Greenwich

975 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Greenwich last year.

72% Planning Approval
72%

Download the Greenwich Residential Extensions Basements and Conversions SPD

Pre-application advice is free in Greenwich so we recommend taking up this offer

Blackheath Extension London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Hackney

547 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Hackney last year.

80% Planning Approval
80%

Download the Hackney Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD

Pre-application advice costs £90 in Hackney. This is one of the lowest charges in London, so it might be worth taking them up on their offer.


Hammersmith and Fulham

1,400 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham last year.

84% Planning Approval
84%

Hammersmith and Fulham do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice costs £300 in Hammersmith and Fulham. This is more than the cost of making a planning application so does not make sense for most people.


Haringey

1,200 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Haringey last year.

86% Planning Approval
86%

Haringey do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice costs £307 in Haringey. This is more than the cost of making a planning application so does not make sense for most people.

Highgate Extension London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Harrow

1,400 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Harrow last year.

66% Planning Approval
66%

Download the Harrow Residential Design Guide SPD

Pre-application advice costs £240 in Harrow. This is more than the cost of making a planning application so does not make sense for most people.

Pinner Extension London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Havering

1,300 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Havering last year.

86% Planning Approval
86%

Download the Havering Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD

Pre-application advice costs £53 in Havering. This is one of the lowest charges in London, so it might be worth taking them up on their offer.


Hillingdon

1,700 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Hillingdon last year.

68% Planning Approval
68%

Download the Hillingdon Residential Extensions SPD

Pre-application advice is free in Hillingdon so we recommend taking up this offer.

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Hounslow

1,200 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Hounslow last year.

70% Planning Approval
70%

Download the Hounslow Residential Extensions Guidelines SPD

Pre-application advice costs £172 in Hounslow, so is quite sensible if there is some planning risk in your project.


Islington

467 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Islington last year.

79% Planning Approval
79%

Islington do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice costs £333.60 in Islington. This is more than the cost of making a planning application so does not make sense for most people.

Islington Refurbishment London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Kensington and Chelsea

914 householder planning applications were submitted in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea last year.

87% Planning Approval
87%

Kensington and Chelsea do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice costs £446 in Kensington and Chelsea. This is more than the cost of making a planning application so does not make sense for most people.

Kensington Refurbishment London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Kingston upon Thames

1,100 householder planning applications were submitted in Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames last year.

83% Planning Approval
83%

Download the Kingston upon Thames Residential Design SPD

Pre-application advice costs £145 in Kingston upon Thames, so is quite sensible if there is some planning risk in your project.

Kingston Conversion London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Lambeth

1,300 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Lambeth last year.

70% Planning Approval
70%

Download the Lambeth Building Alterations and Extensions SPD

Pre-application advice costs £137 in Lambeth, so is quite sensible if there is some planning risk in your project.


Lewisham

860 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Lewisham last year.

76% Planning Approval
76%

Download the Lewisham Alterations and Extensions SPD

Pre-application advice costs £216 in Lewisham, so is quite sensible if there is some planning risk in your project.


Merton

1,200 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Merton last year.

91% Planning Approval
91%

Merton do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice costs £99 in Merton. This is one of the lowest charges in London, so it might be worth taking them up on their offer.


Newham

749 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Newham last year.

74% Planning Approval
74%

Newham do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice is free in Newham so it is a good idea to take up this offer.


Redbridge

1,500 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Redbridge last year.

78% Planning Approval
78%

Download the Redbridge Housing Design SPD

Pre-application advice is free in Redbridge so we recommend taking up this offer.


Richmond upon Thames

1,700 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Richmond upon Thames last year.

82% Planning Approval
82%

Download the Richmond upon Thames Housing Extensions and External Alterations SPD

Pre-application advice costs £123 in Richmond upon Thames, so is quite sensible if there is some planning risk in your project.

Richmond Extension Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


Southwark

709 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Southwark last year.

89% Planning Approval
89%

Download the Southwark Residential Design Standards SPD

Pre-application advice costs £150 in Southwark, so is quite sensible if there is some planning risk in your project.


Sutton

939 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Sutton last year.

89% Planning Approval
89%

Download the Sutton Design of Residential Extensions SPD

Pre-application advice costs £124 in Sutton, so is quite sensible if there is some planning risk in your project.


Tower Hamlets

240 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Tower Hamlets last year.

82% Planning Approval
82%

Tower Hamlets do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice is free in Tower Hamlets so it is a good idea to take up this offer.


Waltham Forest

626 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Waltham Forest last year.

71% Planning Approval
71%

Download the Waltham Forest Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD

Pre-application advice is free in Waltham Forest so it is a good idea to take up this offer.


Wandsworth

1,500 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Wandsworth last year.

92% Planning Approval
92%

Wandsworth do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice costs £73 in Wandsworth. This is one of the lowest charges in London so it is a good idea to take up this offer.


Westminster

583 householder planning applications were submitted in London Borough of Westminster last year.

86% Planning Approval
86%

Westminster do not publish a residential design guide SPD or SPG

Pre-application advice costs £300 in Westminster. This is more than the cost of making a planning application so does not make sense for most people.

Westminster Extension London Planning Permission by 2PM Architects


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