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Appeal: Inspector allows large basement extension in green belt

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Plans to excavate a large basement beneath an existing home in north-west London would accord with green belt policy, which prohibits ‘disproportionate additions’ over and above the size of the original building, an inspector ruled.

The appeal relates to a large house on the edge of Mill Hill, north-west London, set in a substantial plot with lawns, a garage, a tennis court and swimming pool. The proposal sought permission to construct a new basement entirely beneath the existing house, without light wells or other external manifestations. It would contain an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and other leisure........
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