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07/01/2016

Appeals round-up: Clark approves 650 homes plus mixed-use floor space in south Norfolk; Council failure to meet housing need sees 180 homes approved

A round up of appeal decisions: 2-8 January, 2016.

Clark approves 650 homes plus mixed-use floor space for south Norfolk

Communities secretary Greg Clark has supported an inspector’s decision to grant permission for up to 650 residential dwellings, up to 2,500 square metres of mixed-use floor space (including retail and professional services) and highway works for two parcels of land either side of the A11 in south Norfolk.

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Council failure to meet housing need sees 180 homes approved

Gladman Developments has been granted permission for the development of 180 homes, plus a retail unit and associated infrastructure in Coalville, Leicestershire, after an inspector ruled that North West Leicestershire District Council was unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing sites sufficient to meet the full objectively assessed need of the area.

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Solar farm approved for Shropshire Hills AONB

Permission has been granted for a five megawatt solar farm and ancillary works near Acton Scott, within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, after an inspector ruled that the contribution of the scheme towards renewable energy targets outweighed any harm to the nearby landscape.

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Sports facilities approved for Sutton school

Nonsuch High School for Girls in Sutton, Surrey, has been granted permission for the development of sports facilities, including an artificial surface running track and sports dome, after an inspector found that the proposal would not lead to a material increase in on-street parking.

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Roof terrace and solar panels ‘detrimental to conservation area’

Permission has been refused for a third-floor infill roof extension, roof terrace and solar panels at a property in Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey, after an inspector found that the proposed changes would unacceptably affect the appearance of the St Matthias Conservation Area.

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Car service ruled not harmful to vitality of shopping centre

Permission has been granted for the use of a ground floor of a building as a private car hire booking office in Surbiton, Surrey, after an inspector found that concerns about the proposal’s effect on the vitality and viability of the Ewell Road North Local Shopping Centre through the reduction of available parking spaces were unfounded.

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Beauty salon ruled adverse to highway safety

Permission for the change of use of a residential garage to a beauty salon in Bexley, London, has been refused after an inspector found that the development would adversely effect the free flow of traffic and highway safety in the area.

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DCLG rejects Gloucestershire homes owing to neighbourhood plan conflict

Communities secretary Greg Clark has overturned an inspector’s decision to approve planning permission for 200 dwellings in Lydney, Gloucestershire, after finding that the extent to which the proposal conflicted with Forest of Dean District Council’s Allocations Plan Submission Draft August 2015 and the emerging Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan outweighed the benefits of the scheme.

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Single wind turbine approved for Scottish moorland

Permission has been granted for a 30-metre-high wind turbine at Meadowlands Farm, Stewarton, East Ayrshire, after a reporter ruled that development would not adversely visually affect the surrounding landscape, either singly or cumulatively with other wind farm developments.

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Clark favours local plan in 110-home approval

Communities secretary Greg Clark has granted permission for 110 homes in Ringmer, East Sussex, although the development proposal conflicts with an emerging neighbourhood plan.

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