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Appeals round-up: Clark rejects local centre for Exeter; Local plan policy on places of worship ‘unduly restrictive’

Planning appeals

A round-up of appeal decisions: 25 June-1 July, 2016

Clark rejects local centre for Exeter

Communities secretary Greg Clark has rejected an appeal for a “mixed-use development to provide a district centre” for a site outside Exeter city centre, after finding that the scheme failed the test for a sequentially preferable site.

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Clark refuses wind turbine amid lack of community support

Communities secretary Greg Clark has overruled an inspector’s decision to approve the erection of a single wind turbine in Kislingbury, Northamptonshire, after determining that community concerns about the visual impact of the turbine had not been addressed.

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One Planet Development approved for Carmarthenshire

An inspector has approved the development of a One Planet Development (OPD) consisting of four zero carbon dwellings in Whitland, Wales, after finding that Carmarthenshire County Council’s concerns regarding the ‘isolation’ of the development were unfounded.

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Green belt development would reduce impact on openness

Communities secretary Greg Clark has approved the development of 138 dwellings on the site of a former HSBC training centre in Bricket Wood, St Albans, after assessing that the scheme’s development of previously developed land outweighed its designation as green belt land.

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Local plan policy on places of worship ‘unduly restrictive’

Permission for the change of use of an industrial unit to a place of worship has been approved for the Water Eaton Industrial Estate in Milton Keynes, after an inspector found that relevant policy in the Milton Keynes Local Plan (LP) was not compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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Clark overturns wind farm approval owing to heritage impacts

Communities secretary Greg Clark has overturned an inspector’s decision to grant permission for four wind turbines in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, after ruling the impact of the scheme on a Grade II listed church to be unacceptable.

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Animal rescue centre ruled unsuitable for residential area

An enforcement notice has been upheld against the change of use without planning permission of land from residential to mixed use residential and animal rescue centre in Glyncoch, Mid-Glamorgan.

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Land-to-garden change of use will not compromise public open space

The change of use of a patch of open land to private garden has been allowed in Melton Mowbray, after the appellant argued that the extension was needed to protect her children from increased lorry traffic.

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Planning conditions upheld on listed barn-to-theatre change of use

A number of planning conditions relating to the change of use of a listed barn for uses including theatrical performances, weddings, and community events and farmers’ markets in Titchfield, Fareham, have been upheld, after an inspector decided that they were necessary to ensure the historic setting of the building and the living conditions of nearby residents.

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Fast-food shop would not harm community’s health

An inspector has approved the change of use of a vacant dry cleaners to hot food takeaway in Westbury, Bristol, after disagreeing that approval would negatively affect the health of local young people.

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