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Appeal: Conversion of terraced house would cause 'unacceptable' loss of accommodation


A Northampton businessman's proposal to convert a terraced house into a showroom and offices has been blocked, after an inspector ruled the plans contrary to the local development plan's housing policy.

The West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS) seeks to 'safeguard existing housing stock by restricting the loss of existing dwellings to other users', because of the 'significant need' for housing in the area. Proposals that would result in the loss of housing therefore require an 'overriding justification', and should otherwise not be allowed.

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