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Appeals round-up: ‘Landmark’ student accommodation tower would benefit setting; ‘Visual, functional and environmental disadvantages’ trounce Bromley towers

Words: Ben Gosling
A round-up of planning appeals: 14 May- 20 May, 2022

Lack of access and economic benefits lead to roadside services refusal

A proposed roadside services including a petrol station, truck stop and restaurants near Dunblane, Scotland, has been refused after a reporter was unconvinced of the scheme’s benefits.

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Inspector rules that permanent residents at holiday park would harm tourism

An inspector has refused an Essex caravan park operator’s attempt to alter conditions of the site’s planning permission, with the aim of allowing permanent residential use of the caravans. The caravan park’s planning permission had specified that “the caravans shall be occupied for holiday purposes only and shall not be occupied as a person’s sole or main place of residence”.

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Housing deficit not enough to override new homes’ accessibility concerns

Two proposed developments totalling 65 homes as well as commercial units have been refused after an inspector identified the scheme’s lack of connectivity to nearby settlements, and harmful impact to the surrounding landscape as issues.

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Big gap in Edinburgh housing supply estimates complicates judgment

A development of 350 dwellings, health and community centres and outdoor spaces has been refused after a reporter was unable to judge the extent of the housing land supply shortfall in the area, leading him to conclude that the harms of the scheme outweighed its contribution to housing supply.

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Possibility of nutrient pollution sinks Norfolk homes

An inspector has dismissed appeals for two homes in Shipdham, Norfolk, after ruling that wastewater from the dwellings could pollute nearby habitat sites.

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‘Landmark’ student accommodation tower would benefit setting

A 28-storey student accommodation tower has been allowed in Manchester after an inspector decided that it would make a positive contribution to its setting, serving as a “landmark” in views of the Deansgate area.

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‘Visual, functional and environmental disadvantages’ trounce Bromley towers

A trio of residential buildings, ranging in height from two to 26 storeys, near the River Lea in London, has been refused by an inspector, who judged that the proposed towers would visually harm their setting and impair living conditions.

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