The location with the worst planning permission approval rates is Watford, with 54.1%. Watford is a town based in Hertfordshire; it is on the outskirts of Watford that the Warner Brothers Studio Tour for Harry Potter is based.
In second place is Basildon, with only 59.8% of planning permission applications being approved. The town, based in the county of Essex, is home to Ingatestone Hall, a Tudor house that is open to the public.
The third worst location for planning permission approval is Epping Forest, with an approval rate of 60.5%. Epping Forest is located in Essex; it derives its name from the vast amount of ancient forest within its borders. Alongside the woods, there are many grade listed buildings, one of which is now Chigwell School.
Gravesham came in fourth place, with 60.6% of planning permission applications being approved. With a partial border on the river Thames, Gravesham is best known as a maritime town. Owletts can be found in Gravesham; it was the home of renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker.
Taking the title for fifth-worst location, with an approval rating of 60.8%, is Maldon. Situated in Essex, Maldon is a small town known for the famous Maldon sea salt made in the area. The area has a historic heritage centre that gives talks on local history and heritage.