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Appeals round-up: Brokenshire blocks waste facility on highway safety grounds; Mental health accommodation would not harm community safety

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 20 July-26 July, 2019

Brokenshire blocks waste facility on highway safety grounds

In one of his final decisions as secretary of state, James Brokenshire has refused plans for an energy recovery facility (ERF) in Hertfordshire, citing road capacity nearby.

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Mental health accommodation would not harm community safety

An inspector has approved plans to extend a mental health facility in Plaistow to provide an additional seven studio flats, finding no evidence that the plans would cause an increase in antisocial behaviour.

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Staircase position would create 'unconventional' accommodation

An inspector has refused plans for a mansard roof extension to create a one-bed flat in Hackney, ruling that even if the flat met minimum space standards, the positioning of its staircase would create a 'cramped' layout.

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Brokenshire rejects ‘incongruous’ tower near world heritage site

A ‘highly intrusive, incongruous and alien’ 32-storey tower block within sight of Kew Gardens World Heritage Site in West London has been refused by the secretary of state, against the advice of his inspector.

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Council pays for refusing post-consent affordable housing reduction

An inspector has approved a developer's application to lower its affordable housing provision on a 43-home scheme from 43 per cent to 30 per cent, ruling that the new plans were not 'substantially different'.

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Housing secretary approves 800 homes at Birmingham windfall site

Outgoing housing secretary James Brokenshire has allowed a major housing scheme on land not allocated for housing in the recently adopted Birmingham Development Plan, dismissing concerns that the decision would 'undermine public confidence in planning'.

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30ft advertising screen with living wall would harm public realm

Plans for a digital advertising screen and living wall in Aldgate, central London, would obstruct pedestrians and harm openness, an inspector has ruled, dismissing the structure’s purported air quality improving qualities.

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