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Appeals round-up: Benefits of housing outweigh harm to UK’s first conservation area; 189-bed student block allowed despite Coventry crime concerns

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 10 March-16 March, 2018

Benefits of housing outweigh harm to UK’s first conservation area

Revised plans for 29 homes on the edge of Stamford, Lincolnshire, can go ahead after an inspector ruled that the scheme’s benefits outweighed ‘less than substantial’ harm to the UK’s first conservation area.

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189-bed student block allowed despite Coventry crime concerns

An inspector has approved plans to replace an intermediate care centre in Coventry with a four-storey student accommodation block, dismissing council concerns over outlook from neighbouring buildings and crime.

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Tables and chairs would cause ‘severe risk to pedestrian safety’

A bakery near Victoria Coach Station in West London has been refused permission to place tables and chairs on the street outside its premises because it would breach the council’s usable width threshold of the street by 20 centimetres.

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‘Pizza garage’ in conservation area not a public benefit

A business selling artisanal pizzas from a residential garage in a village near Brighton has been refused retrospective permission after an inspector found its public benefit did not outweigh harm to the surrounding conservation area.

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Rebuilding arson-damaged fishing lodge would contradict paragraph 55

An inspector has blocked plans to rebuild a fire-damaged fishing lodge near Milton Keynes to use as a home, citing conflict with NPPF rules prohibiting ‘isolated homes in the countryside’.

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Javid allows 683-home Sainsbury’s scheme with 4% affordable housing

Sajid Javid has approved plans submitted by Sainsbury’s to build 683 homes as part of its Ilford superstore redevelopment with just 4 per cent affordable housing provision.

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Flood risk overrides benefits of Welsh autism hospital

A specialist hospital and reablement centre in North Wales for people with autism spectrum disorders has been refused permission after an inspector found ‘fundamental and unjustified conflict’ with national flooding policy.

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Green belt homes decision turns on definition of ‘village’

An inspector has rejected Three Rivers District Council’s argument that Abbots Langley is too large to be a ‘village’ and is therefore unsuitable for green belt infilling, after an appellant cited descriptions of it as a village on the council’s own website.

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Appellant must pay costs for unnecessary and unrealistic appeal

An appellant must pay costs to North Somerset Council for failing to address the council's reasons for refusing his plans for four bungalows on green belt land, after submitting an appeal that had 'little prospect of succeeding'.

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