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Appeals round-up: CAMRA evidence counts against pub’s illegal conversion; Housing allowed next to motorway despite air quality concerns

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 1 February-7 February, 2020

CAMRA evidence counts against pub’s illegal conversion

A couple who illegally converted a Herefordshire pub into a home in 2012 have again been refused retrospective permission, after representations from CAMRA and the local parish council at a public hearing persuaded an inspector.

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Housing allowed next to motorway despite air quality concerns

An inspector has granted outline permission for 90 homes adjacent to a four-lane stretch of the A1(M) motorway in Cambridgeshire, dismissing criticism of the appellant’s air quality assessment.

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Art studio’s chassis does not make it a caravan

An inspector has upheld enforcement action against a corrugated metal art studio in Bradford-on-Avon that was built off-site and delivered on a trailer, ruling that it was a building for planning purposes.

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Paragraph 79 nitrate-filtering eco-home rejected

An inspector has rejected plans for an eco-home in Norfolk that would include a filtration system to remove agricultural chemicals from groundwater, ruling that the design’s technological innovations did not need to be part of a house.

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‘Agent of change’ principle precludes office-to-flats conversion

An inspector has cited both the ‘agent of change’ principle and the impact of mechanical ventilation on wellbeing in refusing prior approval to convert a Crawley office building next to a nightclub into 24 flats.

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10 traveller pitches allowed despite High Court injunction

An inspector has granted retrospective permission for ten traveller pitches in the Hertfordshire countryside that were intentionally set up without authorisation, after deciding that they complied with the local development plan.

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Grade-I listed Tudor townhouse would be 'degraded' by conversion

A 16th century former townhouse and courthouse in Chard, Somerset, cannot be converted into a shop, cafe and flats because the work would cause further harm to its already neglected historic fabric.

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