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Appeals round-up: ‘Sustainable neighbourhood’ given green light for Eastleigh; Observatory interference sees Cheshire homes refused

Planning appeals

A round-up of appeal decisions: 26 November-2 December, 2016

Javid approves designer outlet centre for North Yorkshire

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has approved two appeals concerning the erection of a designer outlet centre and associated restaurants and car parking for Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire, after agreeing that the scheme would not materially impact on the vitality of four adjacent town centres.

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‘Sustainable neighbourhood’ given green light for Eastleigh

The communities secretary has approved the development of a ‘sustainable’ neighbourhood including 680 homes in Eastleigh, Hampshire, after finding that the scheme would not lead to the perceived coalescence of two towns.

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Javid approves primary school for former health centre site

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has approved the erection of a 700-place primary school on Bath Row in Birmingham, after concluding that highway impact and effect on character and appearance were not determining factors.

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Two solar farms refused for Lochwinnoch

Environmental Energy Investments (Scotland) Ltd has been refused permission for two 4.9-megawatt solar farms in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, after it was found that the scheme’s renewable energy benefits did not outweigh the impact of development in a green belt location.

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Observatory interference sees Cheshire homes refused

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for 119 homes in Goostrey, Cheshire, because of the ‘global significance’ of protecting the operations of the Jodrell Bank Observatory.

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Chelsea basement development deemed sound

A single-storey basement development has been allowed at a house in the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, after the inspector found no issue with overlooking or impact on utilities.

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‘Unpopular’ local pub approved for housing development

Permission has been granted for the demolition of the Red Lion Pub in Baumber, Lincolnshire, and the replacement with seven houses, after the inspector concluded that this would represent no great loss to the community.

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Employment land benefits outweigh strategic gap concerns

St Mowden Developments Ltd has been granted permission to develop land near Tamworth for industrial and storage and distribution uses, despite North Warwickshire Council arguing that the scheme conflicted with its emerging local plan.

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Leicester student accommodation will not cause demographic imbalance

The development of 279 student flats has been approved for a site in Leicester, after an inspector concluded that the scheme would not overburden the area with this type of residential development.

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Business expansion does not justify development in green belt

Permission has been refused for 65 dwellings and business development just outside of the limits of Harlow, Essex, after an inspector ruled that the proposed expansion of an existing on-site business was not reason enough for inappropriate development in the green belt.

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