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Appeals round-up: Clark backs 605-home scheme; Permitted development rights awarded to Buckinghamshire free school

A round up of appeal decisions: 13 February-19 February, 2016

Clark backs 605-home scheme

Communities secretary Greg Clark has approved a major mixed-use scheme for Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, after ruling that the scheme satisfied the economic, social and environmental roles of sustainable development.

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Permitted development rights awarded to Buckinghamshire free school

Communities secretary Greg Clark has granted permitted development rights to the Khalsa Academy for a Sikh faith-based secondary school in South Buckinghamshire to accommodate 840 pupils, after prior approval for the scheme had previously been quashed by the High Court.

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Secondary school given go-ahead for AONB location

The Route 39 Academy Trust as been granted planning permission and listed building consent for a secondary school development in Bideford, Devon, after the secretary of state found that the benefits of the scheme outweighed any harm to the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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DCLG approves Swiss Cottage residential development

The Department for Communities and Local Government has approved a sizeable mixed use scheme for Swiss Cottage, London, after ruling that the benefits of the scheme in relation to housing provision and the potential for London Underground improvements outweighed potential harm to local heritage assets and conservation areas.

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Kensington Odeon replacement scheme approved

A proposed retention of the cinema façade of a former Odeon cinema in Kensington High Street, London, including two replacement cinemas, 63 residential units, a café, retail and office accommodation has been approved after an inspector ruled that concerns about the scheme’s impact on a conservation area and the animation of Kensington High Street did not outweigh the benefits of the scheme.

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Council planning policy ‘overly restrictive’

Permission has been granted for the development of 48 dwellings in Hulland Ward, Derbyshire, after an inspector ruled that council policy on protection of the character and appearance of the area was at odds with the National Planning Policy Framework.

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Religious meeting hall poses no threat to local living conditions

Permission has been granted for a ‘brethren meeting hall’ in Kelsale, Suffolk, after an inspector determined that the development would not harm the living conditions of nearby residences.

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Green belt protection aims see another solar park refused

Green Switch Developments Ltd has been denied permission to develop a 9.5 hectare solar park in Nempnett Thrubwell, Somerset, after communities secretary Greg Clark found that the scheme’s construction in the green belt could not be justified.

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