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Appeals round-up: ‘Retrofitted’ mitigation justifies dark sky home; Holiday let sailing boat on green belt reservoir refused

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 7 November-13 November, 2020

‘Retrofitted’ mitigation justifies dark sky home

An inspector has approved plans for a metal-clad home within the buffer zone of the South Downs International Dark Sky Reserve, noting that the mitigation measures proposed were still likely to be effective despite being ‘retrofitted’ to the design.

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Holiday let sailing boat on green belt reservoir refused

Plans to moor a decommissioned sailing boat on a reservoir in the Hertfordshire green belt for use as holiday accommodation have been blocked by an inspector, who found that it would harm the 'spatial openness' of the green belt.

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New home allowed within sewage works ‘cordon sanitaire’

An inspector has approved plans for a new home within the 400m exclusion zone of Chelmsford’s water recycling centre, noting that the area’s prevailing wind would carry odours away from the appeal site.

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Pandemic highlights student living conditions

An inspector has refused plans for a ‘bland’ 10-storey block of student flats in Portsmouth, citing pandemic-induced changes to student life in rejecting the developer’s call for sunlight standards to be relaxed in student accommodation.

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Paragraph 79 home refused despite design panel support

Plans submitted under NPPF paragraph 79 for a carbon-negative home in the Cornwall AONB have been rejected by an inspector, who 'formed different conclusions' to the design review panel which had supported the scheme.

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Housing allocation exceeded by factor of ten

An inspector has approved plans for 170 homes on the edge of a village east of Norwich, despite acknowledging that her decision would mean a total of 475 homes could be built in an area the council had allocated for only 50.

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Listed building conversion scheme could harm rare bats

Plans to convert a listed mill in Somerset into 11 homes and build another 70 homes in its surroundings have been blocked after an inspector found a risk of unacceptable harm to rare bats using the site and the significance of its heritage assets.

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