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04/03/2016

Appeals round-up: 1,000 dwellings plus local centre approved for Northampton; Devon carbon-neutral dwelling ruled unsustainable

A round-up of appeal decisions: 27 February-4 March, 2016

1,000 dwellings plus local centre approved for Northampton

Communities secretary Greg Clark has granted outline planning permission for a major Sustainable Urban Extension in Northampton, after agreeing with an inspector that the scheme would not seriously harm the local road network or the operation of the Brackmills Industrial Estate.

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Devon carbon-neutral dwelling ruled unsustainable

Permission has been refused for a carbon-neutral dwelling in Ottery St Mary, Devon, after an inspector ruled that the remote location of the appeal site would lead to excessive reliance on a private car, thereby unacceptably increasing emissions.

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Planning conditions mitigated as council acted unreasonably

Retrospective permission has been approved for the change of use of a garden to mixed use of residential garden and holiday use, after an inspector found that planning conditions imposed by West Devon Borough Council were “overly restrictive”.

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108 dwellings allowed for new Bristol neighbourhood

Dick Lovett Companies Ltd has been granted permission for the development of 108 homes, an ecological corridor and associated engineering works in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, after an inspector found that the scheme would not harm the safety and convenience of non-car users.

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Solar farm approved for Cotswolds

Blackwell Grange Solar Farm Ltd has been granted permission for a solar farm in eight hectares of agricultural land in Blackwell, Warwickshire, after an inspector found that the scheme would not adversely affect the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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Children’s nursery allowed despite noise impact concerns

Permission has been granted for a children’s day care nursery in Verwood, Dorset, after an inspector found that appropriate measures had been taken to ensure that the noise disturbance form the scheme would not adversely affect the living conditions of nearby residents.

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Reserved matters planning condition relaxed for Lincoln homes

A planning condition attached to a 49-home and sports facility scheme in Dunholme, Lincoln, which required all reserved matters to be submitted to the local planning authority within a year of approval, has been extended after it was argued that the condition was “counter-productive” to development.

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Tamworth farm building-to-home conversion is allowed

The change of use of an agricultural building into two dwellings in Wigginton, Tamworth, has been approved after it was agreed that the curtilage of the site did not exceed the area allowed as permitted development.

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‘Swingers’ venue suitable for rural location

Permission has been granted for the change of use of a storage outbuilding to an entertainment venue in Colmworth, Bedford, after an inspector accepted that the proposal's discreet rural location complemented the proposed use as a ‘swingers’ venue.

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‘Flexibility’ on affordable housing allowed for Enfield scheme

Permission has been granted for new “sanitary” accommodation for shop units and the alteration of five existing flats to create six new flats in Enfield, Middlesex, after an inspector ruled that the appellant had reasonably demonstrated that affordable housing provision would harm the viability of the scheme.

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