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Appeals round-up: ‘Poor outlook’ from bedsit in Cheam wig shop stockroom; 119-home Powys scheme allowed with 7.5% affordable housing

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 11 August-17 August, 2018.

‘Poor outlook’ from bedsit in Cheam wig shop stockroom

Plans to convert a stockroom to the rear of a hair salon and wig shop in Cheam into a bedsit have been blocked, following an inspector’s ruling that the single-aspect flat would provide poor living conditions.

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119-home Powys scheme allowed with 7.5% affordable housing

A developer's offer of only nine affordable homes as part of a 119-home scheme in South Wales has been approved on viability grounds after an inspector decided that the scheme reflected the ‘economic realities’ of the site.

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Essential need at alpaca farm outweighs green belt harm

An inspector has allowed plans for an agricultural worker’s home at an alpaca farm in the Nottingham green belt, deciding that the unpredictable breeding pattern of alpacas created an essential need for 24-hour supervision.

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Ayrshire special needs swimming lessons can continue

Retrospective permission to convert part of a home in Ayrshire into a swimming pool to provide swimming lessons for disabled children has been granted, after an inspector found it would meet a local need.

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Student flats would enhance Reading conservation area

Plans for a four-storey block of 116 purpose-built student flats in central Reading can go ahead after an inspector ruled that the scheme would enhance the surrounding conservation area.

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Time Out ‘fine dining market’ would harm conservation area

A proposal by Time Out magazine to convert a former stables in East London into a multi-floor food court has been blocked, because the proposed roof alterations would ‘erode the identity’ of the surrounding conservation area.

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135 homes blocked despite increased housing need in emerging plan

An inspector has cited Central Bedfordshire Council's current housing land supply in blocking 135 homes, even though the council's emerging local plan, which has been submitted for examination, identifies increased housing need.

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‘Modern furnishings and Wi-Fi’ do not justify a poor living environment

Plans to replace a former pub in a residential area of Bath with a block of seven flats have been blocked, after an inspector disapproved of the scheme’s contemporary design.

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Traveller pitches allowed in light of ‘long-standing failure of policy’

An inspector has approved pitches for three gypsy families in a designated area of great landscape value near Cranleigh, Surrey, because of the council's ‘long-standing failure’ to provide a traveller site.

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