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Appeal: Chapel conversion allowed despite risk to 175-year-old tree

Horse Chestnut Tree / iStock: 183876670

An inspector has allowed plans to convert a historically significant former chapel in Oxfordshire into a home, despite concerns that it would lead to pressure to allow harmful pruning of the protected horse chestnut tree that hangs over it.

The two-storey building, near Lower Shiplake in South Oxfordshire, dates from the early 19th century. It was originally used as storage for the adjacent historic Lashbrook Paper Mill, before it was converted into a chapel in 1914. It has been identified as a non-designated heritage asset based on these historic associations.Three metres away from the building is a large horse chestnut tree,........
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