Calls for planning system overhaul as applications drop to record low

Planning permission application
Planning applications have dropped to their lowest levels for 16 years, according to the latest government statistics (Image credit: getty images)

Planning applications for new build projects, including self build applications, in England have hit an all-time low, according to the latest government statistics.

The figures, released by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, show that the number of applications submitted to local authorities for self build homes or renovating existing ones in 2022 was the lowest it has been since at least 2006, the earliest year for which the government provides data.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.