Planning Permission

Planning permission is a largely inescapable part of the process when it comes to extending your house, building an office in the garden, or building a new house. Larger outbuildings or building an extension or builds/improvements in designated areas or involving listed buildings, are require planning permission.

In 2023, we want to keep all our clients advised of developments in Planning Applications in and around London.

In addition, whenever possible we will five specific updates on sites relevant to our projects.

General Planning Update – 1

December 2022

In Southwark, approval was given for 153 homes and 3 blocks of light industrial units in St James Road.

In Barking and Dagenham (East London) it was agreed to add 119 more homes to the previous approval of 3000 new homes in Beam Park.

In Westminster, approval of 3 apartments in a Mansion block was given on a vote of 3-1.

Southwark again refused an application for development of a plot in Elephant Park.

General Planning Update – 2

*In Hounslow (not far from Heathrow Airport) members approved plans for 252 apartments. Approval was also given to 18 apartments in Feltham.

*Bromley Council (the same council as 3 of our sites) approved 275 homes in the Calverley Close Estate.

*In Redbridge (East London) plans for 98 affordable homes close to Barkingside Station.

*In Croydon, the committee refused plans to redevelop 6 houses into 67 apartments, due to loss of privacy to surrounding neighbours. An appeal is likely.

*In Cherwell, the committee deferred plans for 530 homes  in Bicester, voting 15-1 for further information.

Next week we hope to have updates from







General Planning Update – 3

In this addition of Planning Updates in and around London we look at








In Southwark, South London, councillors unanimously permitted replacing 373 flats in 4 blocks with 614 new homes.

Ealing Councillors in West London approved a regeneration in Green Man Lane Estate of 396 new homes.

In Hillingdon, Barnet, Haringey and Bexley, part commercial and industrial projects were approved.

Merton Councillors refused plans for a 5 storey block of 17 new flats in Wimbledon Hill Road.

Next week we hope to have updates from:








General Planning Update –4

We continue our weekly planning update of committee meetings taking place in and around London.

This week these are updates from London Boroughs and Districts.

In Waltham Forest, plans by Bellway Homes to regenerate the Avenue Road Estate and add 671 were approved.

Newham Council agreed to convert a Former Petrol Station in Silvertown to 81 apartments.

In Babergh councillors approved Taylor Wimpey’s application for 750 new homes.

This week, committees in Camden, Hackney, Southwark, Sutton and Redbridge will be next.

General Planning Update –5

Planning updates on Local Council Planning Committee meetings for this week

Braintree, Essex

2 schemes for 250 and 162 new homes were unanimously deferred over some concerns


A solar fam was approved near the villages of Great and Little Dunham

Newham, East London

Councillors approved 147 new apartments up to 9 storeys in 5 blocks at Vincent Street, Canning Town.

It was fairly a quiet week.

Next week’s committee meeting take place in –

Bedford, Greenwich, Kensington and Chelsea, Southwark, Lambeth, Brentwood (Essex), Hackney, Hillingdon, Tower Hamlets, Camden, Wandsworth and Islington.

General Planning Update –6

In this week’s update we look at planning decision made in







Councillors unanimously agreed to reserve matters for 867 new homes and a 180 bed hotel in Middlesex Business Centre.


An objection to redevelop Paddington Green Police Station to 556 homes was agreed.


A vote of 6-4 agreed to redevelop Snaresbrook Station Car Park to 74 new affordable homes.


Members approved to redevelop Sidcup Library at Hadlow Road to 32 new apartments in a 4 storey block.

Windsor and Maidenhead

This is same council that will decide our future application for the Thamesfield and Coppice Drive sites.

They voted 7-2 to allow a Garden Centre, day kennel and 2 houses to be developed into 320 new homes.

This was in Oakley Green in the west of Windsor.

General Planning Update –7

Planning updates for week ending 24.03.23

City Hall granted Berkeley’s redevelopment of Paddington Green Police Station to 556 homes.

In Barking and Dagenham plans for 249 homes at a former industrial site at Thames Road were approved.

Approval was also given to convert the White Horse Pub in Chadwell Heath to 104 homes.

Lambeth councillors voted 4-3 to redevelop a vehicle rental yard at Clapham Road to 135 apartments.

In East Hertfordshire a five and a half hour meeting saw a 9-3 vote in favour of 1500 new homes.

Basildon and Hertsmere refused 2 applications for 269 and 177 new homes respectively.

Cala homes were granted 86 new homes by Woking District Council.

Runnymede granted permission for 75 new homes.

Next week, decision are expected from

Rochford, Essex

Southwark, London

Barnet, London

Hillingdon, London

Guildford, Surrey

Tower Hamlets, London

Camden, London

Redbridge, London

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

General Planning Update –8

Tower Hamlets, East London

Olympian Homes obtain approval for 795 co-living homes in the Isle of Dogs

The committee also approved 169 new flats in Aspen Way.

Ealing, West London

Approval was given for 300 new homes in Park View Acton.

Sutton, Surrey

A 70 bedroom care home in Woodcote Green Garden Centre was refused.

Canterbury, Kent

The committee voted 12-0 in favour of 67 new homes in Margate Road, Herne Bay.

Crawley, West Sussex

The committee allowed the 2nd phase of Bellways development of 60 homes in Steers Lane to proceed.