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Appeals round-up: 9.4% enlargement of Cornwall village deemed unacceptable; Overlooked student flats would not combat loneliness

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 27 October-2 November 2018

9.4% enlargement of Cornwall village deemed unacceptable

An inspector has refused outline permission for 60 homes near the village of Mabe Burnthouse, Cornwall, describing the scheme as inappropriate in scale and proportion.

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Overlooked student flats would not combat loneliness

An inspector has dismissed a developer's argument that overlooking between rooms would 'create a sense of community' in a 62-bedroom student accommodation block in Reading.

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Conversion of WW2 bunker would not harm protected coast

Plans to convert an overgrown Second World War-era concrete bunker in Cornwall into a home can go ahead after an inspector found there would be no harm to the designated heritage coast nearby.

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Split decision on 'cycling cafe' use of former pub

An inspector has partially overturned an enforcement notice against the use of a former pub near Reading as a cycling-themed cafe, repairs workshop and meeting place for riders.

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Welsh planning secretary overrules inspector to allow wind farm

Lesley Griffiths has approved plans for seven wind turbines in Powys, against the recommendation of a planning inspector, ruling that the scheme's contribution towards national renewable energy targets outweighed landscape and heritage concerns.

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Replacement green belt farmhouse blocked despite improved openness

Plans for the replacement of a Warwickshire farmhouse would be an inappropriate green belt development, an inspector has ruled, despite the appellant's plans to improve the site's openness by demolishing 28 existing outbuildings.

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Emerging plan not advanced enough to weigh against housing

Plans for 72 homes in Hertfordshire can go ahead, an inspector has ruled, after finding that the council's ongoing green belt review meant its emerging plan had not yet reached an 'advanced stage'.

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