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

According to research, 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.

The research analysed appeals data for housing schemes in England from 2017-20.


In examining the records of local authorities, the research 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.


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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.