Major planning applications take an average of 22 weeks to receive approval in the Greater Manchester region, according to GL Hearn and the British Property Federation's annual planning survey.
The survey defined major planning applications as 10 or more dwellings on 1.2-acres of land for residential schemes, and 10,000 sq ft on 2.5-acres for commercial developments.
The 22 week validation to determination time is faster than London, with the average approval time in the capital standing at 26 weeks, almost double the government target of 13 weeks.
The survey pointed to Manchester City Council as a standout authority in the region, with 76 major applications over the past year, and a 97% approval rate. Manchester City was one of just five councils commended in the overall study for having higher than average application numbers but also faster than average decision times.
Overall approval rates in Greater Manchester stood at 92.9%, above London's average of 85%. All major developments in Stockport and Wigan over the past 12 months were approved.
The survey showed that across the UK 62% of local planning authorities wanted an overhaul of the planning system and 52% of developers felt planning is a major barrier to house building.
Mike Baker, planning director of GL Hearn in Manchester, said: "The current system must be made shorter, clearer and more consistent in order to capitalise on the investment being made, particularly for new homes. There has arguably been too much focus on the planning system itself and not enough in the people and resources needed to run it. To achieve the step change required, significant investment is needed and the government needs to look at further ways private sector resources can be leveraged to better equip local authorities."