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Appeals round-up: Clark disagrees with inspector over economic benefits of housing scheme; 300 dwellings allowed despite Wiltshire Council refusal

Planning appeals

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

Clark disagrees with inspector over economic benefits of housing scheme

Communities secretary Greg Clark has overturned and inspector’s decision to grant planning permission for 184 homes on land outside the settlement boundary of Winsford in Cheshire, after finding that the inspector had wrongly assessed the economic benefits of the scheme.

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300 dwellings allowed despite Wiltshire Council refusal

A planning inspector has approved the development of 300 dwellings for Westbury in Wiltshire, after determining that the scheme would help to address the area’s significant housing shortage.

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Eight-turbine wind farm approved for Mochrum Fell moorland

Falck Renewables Wind Limited has won an appeal against the refusal by Dumfries and Galloway Council of an eight-turbine wind farm in Mochrum Fell near Parton, Castle Douglas, despite the scheme attracting a “very large number of objections”.

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‘Sealed box’ noise mitigation solution would lead to poor quality of life

A mixed-use scheme including 375 homes for the village in Knutsford, close to Manchester International Airport, has been refused owing to the effects of noise from air traffic on the living conditions of future residents.

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Community concerns see another wind turbine refused

Communities secretary Greg Clark has overturned an inspector’s decision to approve the erection of a 500-kilowatt wind turbine in Wigton in Cumbria after determining that concerns raised by the local community about the visual impact of the scheme had not been addressed.

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Clark overturns gypsy site approval despite ‘pressing need’

Communities secretary Greg Clark has overturned an inspector’s decision to grant permission for an 18-pitch gypsy and traveller site within the Metropolitan Green Belt, on the edge of Datchet village in Berkshire, despite acknowledging a ‘pressing need’ for such sites in the borough.

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Drive-throughs approved for Strategic Employment Zone

Six units comprising pub, restaurant and drive-through uses have been approved for a Strategic Employment Zone in Colchester, Essex, against the decision of Colchester Borough Council.

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Health service and education impacts overcome in housing approval

Pye Homes Ltd has won two appeals against West Oxfordshire District Council for the development of 169 homes and a new school playing field in Long Hanborough.

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Construction training centre would harm countryside

Permission has been refused for the creation of a construction training centre for an area of open countryside in Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, after an inspector ruled that the site’s proximity to existing development did not lessen the extent to which it would have a negative visual impact on the landscape.

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Residential children’s home change of use will not compromise living conditions

An inspector has ruled that a change of use of a house to a residential children’s home in Gravesend, Kent, would not harm the living conditions of existing or future occupiers in terms of levels of outdoor amenity space and highway safety.

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Leisure-to-residential mooring change deemed inappropriate for green belt

An inspector has refused an application for the change of use of land from a leisure mooring to a residential mooring at Church Island, Staines-upon-Thames, after assessing that national policy would quantify this as inappropriate development in the green belt.

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