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Appeals round-up: ‘Urgent and time-critical’ need for new Jersey hospital justifies harms; Noise from Old Trafford cricket ground would impact apartments

Words: Ben Gosling
A round-up of planning appeals: 21 May- 27 May, 2022

Explosives dogs training centre necessitates green belt development

A residential cabin, and six dog kennels have been granted planning permission for three years, after an inspector concluded that the resultant harm to the green belt was justified, having been convinced that the business could not operate without a permanent residential presence.

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No special circumstances for green belt houses

A proposal for three houses on green belt land in Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, has been refused, after an inspector did not find any special circumstances that would exempt them from limitations on developing in the green belt.

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Inspector dismisses Exeter HMO overconcentration concerns

A proposal to convert a residential home into a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) has succeeded after an inspector concluded that there was not an overly high number of HMOs in the surrounding area.

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Conversion of fire station tower would result in heritage harm

An inspector has refused permission to an attempt to convert the tower of Camden’s grade II* listed Belsize Fire Station into a single apartment. It was determined that the harm caused by the development to the listed building’s heritage significance outweighed any benefits of the proposal.

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Condition altered to allow permitted development for Lake District homes

An attempt to remove a condition limiting the floor space of five homes has been dismissed by an inspector, who ruled that the limit was necessary to keep the development sustainable. The appellant was, however, successful in amending the condition, removing restrictions on the dwellings’ permitted development rights.

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Noise from Old Trafford cricket ground would impact apartments

A development of 332 apartments close to the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester has been refused after an inspector concluded that noise from concerts at the stadium would unduly affect residents’ quality of life – and the developer had offered no way of alleviating this.

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‘Urgent and time-critical’ need for new Jersey hospital justifies harms

A new hospital labelled Jersey’s “biggest-ever public infrastructure project” has been approved in St Helier, after an inspector concluded that the public benefits of the hospital outweighed the harm it might cause to its setting.

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