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Appeals round-up: 9,000 capacity Newham mosque refused; Biomass plant approved for Halkirk, Scotland

A round up of appeal decisions: 24-30 October, 2015

9,000 capacity Newham mosque refused

The Department for Communities and Local Government has refused three joint appeals to develop and retain a large mosque in the London borough of Newham, which was built without planning permission.

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Biomass plant approved for Halkirk, Scotland

The construction of a wood-fuel Biomass combined heat and power plant has been approved for the village of Halkirk in Caithness, after a reporter found that the plant represented a suitable form of industrial development in the location.

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Buckinghamshire solar farm approved

Permission has been granted for a ground-mounted solar farm on agricultural land in Ilmer, Buckinghamshire, despite the council’s concern over the impact of the proposal on local landscape character and views.

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Child’s playhouse harmful to New Forest landscape

An inspector has ruled that a wooden playhouse erected without planning permission should be torn down, after deciding that it had an adverse effect upon the landscape of the New Forest National Park.

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100 per cent affordable housing appropriate for Bedford scheme

An inspector has upheld a planning condition stipulating that a proposed 21-home development in Bedford must be 100 per cent affordable housing, and managed by a Registered Social Landlord.

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Manchester apartments refused despite city centre need

An eleven-storey apartment building proposed for Manchester’s Princess Street has been refused permission, after an inspector found that issues relating to the building's height in terms of visual amenity and appropriate testing for flood risk had not been met.

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150 homes approved for Crewe despite green gap contention

Outline permission has been granted for the development of up to 150 homes in Wistaston, Crewe, after an inspector found that concerns over green gap narrowing were overshadowed by housing need.

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