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22/04/2016

Appeals round-up: 220 Somerset homes approved despite local plan contention; Clark backs Warwickshire solar park refusal

A round-up of appeal decisions: 16 April-22 April, 2016

220 Somerset homes approved despite local plan contention

Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey have been granted permission to develop up to 220 dwelling in Wells, Somerset, after an inspector ruled that the recently adopted Mendip District Local Plan (LP) remained up to date in relation to the council’s five-year housing land supply.

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Clark backs Warwickshire solar park refusal

Communities secretary Greg Clark has affirmed an inspector’s decision to refuse a 6,810 megawatt hour solar park in Claverdon, Warwickshire, after determining that the scheme’s harm to the green belt outweighs its contribution to renewable energy.

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Norfolk housing would not harm SSSI woodland

Gladman Developments has been granted permission to develop 180 homes in Watton, Norfolk, despite concerns about the effect of the proposal on the Wayland Wood Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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Listed mill-to-hotel conversion approved

Permission has been approved for the change of use of the grade II listed Kirk Mill in the village of Chipping, Lancashire, to create an 18-bed hotel and spa, plus outline permission for 60 residential dwellings split over two adjacent sites.

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Wind turbine refused over impact on public footpath

Communities secretary Greg Clark has supported an inspector’s decision to refuse permission for a single 500 kilowatt wind turbine in Stone, Staffordshire, after ruling that the dominance of the turbine in views from several publicly accessible routes would have an adverse impact on the appearance of the countryside.

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Homes would not harm historic park and gardens

Gladman Developments has been granted permission to develop 290 homes in Wellington, Shropshire, after it was determined that a reduction in the number of proposed dwellings would result in “less than substantial harm” to Orleton Hall Registered Park and Gardens.

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Swimming school use is not inappropriate for countryside location

Permission has been given for a private swimming pool to be hired out to a swimming school for children aged one to five years in Lower Beeding, West Sussex, after an inspector ruled that the scale of the proposed activity was not inappropriate for its countryside location.

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Residential and apart/hotel accommodation approved for Cambridge Orchard Park development

Kings Hedges Investments has been granted permission to develop 42 flats and 82 units for an apart/hotel in the Orchard Park development, Cambridge, after an inspector decided that the scheme could be made acceptable in terms of establishing a “strong sense of place” for the area.

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Mobile home not necessary for equestrian business

An inspector has upheld an enforcement notice requiring a “Fifth Wheel American-style mobile home” to be removed from the green belt in Prestwood, Buckinghamshire, after concluding that the need for on-site residence for a worker did not outweigh the visual harm caused by the mobile home.

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