London planning approval rates dip to 50% in postcode lottery

Just half of major schemes were approved in some London boroughs in the past year, according to new analysis revealing a postcode lottery at planning committee. Bromley and Lewisham reviewed just eight schemes and rejected four of these, claiming them to be overbearing and excessively dense or lacking in affordable housing. In Lewisham, of the 14 planning meetings scheduled for the year, just seven took place. Analysis from Built Environment Communications Agency found a large disparity among London boroughs. Harrow, Tower Hamlets and Kingston approved 100% of the 31 major schemes reviewed at planning committee. Across the 33 boroughs, 90%