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Appeals round-up: 423 homes allowed in local gap under paragraph 14; Inspector dismisses ministerial statement on affordable housing

Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 9 October-15 October, 2017

423 homes allowed in local gap under paragraph 14

Outline permission has been granted for 423 homes in a designated ‘green gap’ between the villages of Fleet and Crookham Village, Hampshire, after an inspector found the local plan out of date and engaged NPPF paragraph 14.

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Inspector dismisses ministerial statement on affordable housing

An inspector has decided that the need for affordable housing in Richmond should carry more weight than the 2014 ministerial statement on the subject, allowing one scheme and dismissing another on that basis.

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Warehouse church congregation would disrupt peaceful Sundays

Plans to conduct church services for up to 50 worshippers in a warehouse in Bexley have been refused, after an inspector decided that noise from the services would disturb local residents’ ‘quiet enjoyment’ of their homes on Sundays.

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Rural boatyard manager’s on-site home would bolster security

An inspector has approved permanent on-site accommodation for the manager of a Kent boatyard despite its isolated location, ruling that it will allow him to deal with fires, floods and medical emergencies outside business hours.

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Lake District home refused following World Heritage Site designation

A new home in Wasdale, Cumbria, has been refused permission because it would harm the character of the Lake District World Heritage Site, which was designated by UNESCO after the appeal had been submitted.

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Refurbishing waterlogged garden vaults would harm grade II* listed home

An inspector has refused plans to refurbish two underground vaults in the rear garden of a 17th century Hampstead home, ruling that their ‘humble and functional’ character would be lost, harming the home’s significance.

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Javid backs Cheshire East Council by refusing 900 homes

The communities secretary has blocked a large-scale village extension near Crewe, contending that it would undermine the spatial policies of the newly adopted local plan.

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Green light for contemporary regeneration of listed 17th century pub

An ‘uncompromisingly contemporary’ plan to regenerate an unused and deteriorating 17th century Cornish pub has received permission, despite local opposition from the Butchers Arms Preservation Society (BAPS).

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Javid allows 108-home scheme in light of 1.9-year supply

The secretary of state has overturned Arun District Council's decision to reject 108 homes near Yapton, West Sussex, ruling that the area’s ‘severe’ housing supply shortfall carried more weight than conflict with the local development plan.

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Takeaway refused in Manchester school zone

An inspector has refused retrospective permission for a takeaway near a Manchester primary school, because it fell foul of a public health policy in the council's supplementary planning document on takeaways.

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