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Appeals round-up: ‘More work to be done’ on independent living design; 123-metre egg shed would harm Kent Downs AONB

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 16 January-22 January, 2021

‘More work to be done’ on independent living design

In refusing reserved matters approval for 60 independent living apartments for elderly people in Waltham Abbey, an inspector indicated that his decision did not mean the development would not take place, only that more design work was required.

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123-metre egg shed would harm Kent Downs AONB

Plans for an organic egg enterprise in rural Kent that involved a 123-metre-wide poultry shed have been blocked by an inspector, who found unacceptable harm to the character of the Kent Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.

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Butterfly roof removal harmed building of townscape merit

An inspector has refused retrospective permission for the removal of a distinctive roof in Barnes, deciding that the appellant could have found another way to address water penetration problems that would not have compromised the character of the area.

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Demolition of mining community allowed despite social harm

An investment firm's plans to replace 70 prefabricated 'Airey houses' near Leeds built to house miners can go ahead, despite an inspector's acknowledgement that the scheme would harm the 'vibrant and strong' community

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Developer criticised over historic East London pub conversion

After a two-day public inquiry, an inspector has upheld enforcement action against a developer who converted The Antelope, a 19th-century pub in Leyton, into flats, criticising the ‘cramped’ flats and the appellant’s flawed viability assessment.

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Costs against council for ‘untenable’ reserved matters refusal

An inspector has ordered Dorset Council to pay costs for unreasonable behaviour after it refused to approve a 350-home scheme near two AONBs, despite having allocated the site for development, granted outline permission and approved its first phase.

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Conversion of 19th century oast house into KFC approved

Plans to convert the last remaining oast house in the town of Snodland into a KFC restaurant and drive-thru can go ahead, after an inspector found no evidence that the scheme would disturb neighbouring residents.

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