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Appeals round-up: Communities secretary approves specialist school in Maidenhead green belt; Impact on MOL sees 253 London homes dismissed

Planning appeals

A round-up of appeal decisions: 30 July-5 August, 2016

Communities secretary approves specialist school in Maidenhead green belt

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has approved plans for a new school on green belt land in Maidenhead, after finding that very special circumstances had been demonstrated to make the scheme appropriate.

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Brownfield contention sees West Calder homes refused

A reporter has refused permission for four homes on land previously associated with a poultry rearing business in West Calder, after finding that the scheme could not take advantage of the brownfield status of the this part of the site.

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Impact on MOL sees 253 London homes dismissed

An inspector has refused permission for a part eight, part nine storey development comprising 253 residential units in Lower Sydenham, London, after ruling that very special circumstances did not exist to excuse the inappropriate development of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL).

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Agricultural building-to-dwelling conversion would comply with permitted development rights

Permission has been approved for the change of use of an agricultural building to a dwelling in Aughton, Lancashire, after an inspector ruled that the scheme would comply with Class Q of the General Permitted Development (England) Order 2015 (GDPO).

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Yorkshire holiday lodge-to-residential appeal dismissed

The change of use of a farm lodge from holiday use to part holiday, part residential use has been refused in Ryton, Malton, after an inspector ruled that benefits of the proposed development would not justify its location in the countryside.

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Harm to heritage assets outweighs housing need

Gladman Developments has been refused permission to develop 190 dwellings on land north of Moor Street, near Rainham, after an inspector judged that the negative impact the development would have on the Moor Street Conservation Area and two listed buildings outweighed the benefits of the scheme.

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Eynsham housing would not compromise future development

Vanderbilt Beaconsfield Ltd has been granted permission to develop 77 dwellings on the former Eynsham Nursery and Garden Centre site in Oxfordshire, after an inspector ruled that the proposal would not negatively effect future comprehensive development on the western edge of Eynsham.

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Children’s play facility will not affect employment opportunities

An inspector has approved the change of use of a first floor unit from business/storage use to an indoor children’s play facility in Heaton Mersey, Stockport, after determining that the scheme would not lead to the “unacceptable loss” of an employment unit.

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Subterranean dwelling will not harm historic setting

Permission has been granted for a part subterranean, sustainable house in Lewes, after the inspector concluded that the house would not harm the character or appearance of the Lewes Conservation Area.

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