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18/10/2019

Appeals round-up: Claim of traveller discrimination ‘not at all persuasive’; ACV pub conversion allowed after botched sale

Words: Roger Milne
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 12 October-18 October, 2019

Appellant’s claim of traveller discrimination ‘not at all persuasive’

An inspector has blocked an application for two bungalows in an ancient woodland clearing in Kent, strongly rejecting the appellant’s suggestion that the council had ‘discriminated against the gypsy traveller community’ in refusing permission.

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ACV pub conversion allowed after botched sale

A Hertfordshire pub can be converted into two homes despite recently being registered as an asset of community value (ACV), after an inspector ruled that it was 'unlikely to prosper', noting that a verbal agreement to sell it in 2017 had fallen through.

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Action against national park falconry pens superseded

An inspector has granted permission for two ‘hack pens’ at a falconry breeding business in the New Forest that predates the area’s national park designation, superseding the council’s enforcement notice.

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‘Determined’ community group prevents historic pub conversion

A community group that created a business plan to save an historic Hampshire pub from conversion into a five-bedroom home has successfully persuaded an inspector that it is a ‘valued community facility’.

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PD fallback justifies 'unacceptable' living conditions

An office-to-residential conversion scheme in south London that would lead to 'unacceptable' living conditions' can go ahead, an inspector has ruled, because a more profitable permitted development fallback scheme would cause even greater harm.

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249 homes approved despite imminent plan adoption

An inspector has cited the ‘tilted balance’ in approving a housing scheme that would harm a designated gap between two Bedfordshire villages, despite the imminent adoption of a new local plan that will provide a seven-year housing supply.

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Space standards applied to ‘student’ scheme

A scheme of mostly studio flats in Norwich described as ‘phase two’ of an adjacent student halls development would fall under use class C3 and would not be exempt from affordable housing and floor space policies, an inspector has ruled.

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Mobile home at BMX facility blocked despite 1,500-signature petition

An inspector has invoked green belt harm in rejecting plans for a mobile home at a popular BMX facility in Chelmsford, notwithstanding a 1,500-signature petition and claims that it would have to close if permission were not granted.

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