Barking & Dagenham Top Renovation Hotspots

Property renovation hotspots

Barking and Dagenham are the latest property renovation hotspots it has been revealed.

According to (the home service marketplace), the East London borough was top of the table for the highest increase (114%) in householder development applications since 2015. Other popular commuter renovation zones included Bexley, Enfield,, Newham, Havering, Croydon, Sutton, Waltham Forest,  Greenwich and Harrow.

The national planning application statistics, taken from, showed that almost all of the top five areas on the list are north east borough, within commuting distance of the capital.

The second-highest increase was Luton with 59%, closely followed by Milton Keynes (54%) and Wokingham taking the fourth spot with a 42% increase in planning applications. Hull was the only area in the north of England to make the list. Standing at number seven, it saw a 40% increase in planning applications.

Poole was further down the table, coming eighth with an increase of 36%. Bournemouth trailed slightly behind with a 34% increase, showing that homeowners don’t just favour its sandy beaches. This fresh data shows the eruption of renovation projects in the south.

Spokesperson for Plentific, Stephen Jury, commented: “We’ve seen a large increase in demand for bigger renovation projects in many areas over the last two years. With house prices seeing substantial rise in recent times, the logical option for many homeowners is to stay and improve, rather than move.”

“For others, moving up the ladder might not be an option due to price, so they must instead think about expanding their current home.”