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Appeals round-up: Carbon-negative home ‘commendable but not innovative’; HMO refusal partly based on assumptions about future occupants

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 5 Ocotber-11 October, 2019

Carbon-negative home ‘commendable but not innovative’

An inspector has blocked plans for a Passivhaus-standard eco-home in Norfolk that would remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it would produce, citing harm to views over an historic area of moorland.

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HMO refusal partly based on assumptions about future occupants

Plans to convert a vacant pub in a high crime area south of Manchester into a 12-bedroom HMO can go ahead. An inspector ruled that the council’s refusal of permission had been partly based on assumptions regarding future occupants.

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Countryside business ‘starter units’ refused

An inspector has blocked plans for five ‘B1 starter units’ in Hampshire despite the local parish council’s support for the scheme, citing conflict with local spatial policy.

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95 homes approved with single access via cul-de-sac

An inspector has granted outline permission for a housing scheme in Bedfordshire that would be accessed via a single access road through an existing cul-de-sac, passing just 3.7 metres away from the main window of an existing home.

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Honey production facility not permitted development

Plans to build a ‘honey barn’ in Essex under permitted development rules have been blocked after an inspector ruled that while breeding of queen bees is an agricultural use, processing and jarring of honey is not.

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Garage conversion for disabled son refused in green belt

An Enfield homeowner’s plan to convert her detached garage into a residence for her disabled son has been blocked because an inspector ruled that the ‘very significant benefits’ it would bring were not very special circumstances.

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Nail bars ‘just as appropriate as hairdressers’ in shopping areas

An inspector has overruled local policy to allow a nail bar on an East London shopping street, ruling that nail bars, which are considered a sui generis, are as ‘appropriate’ as hair salons, which fall under use class A1.

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