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Appeals round-up: Conversion of HMO bathroom into 14th bedroom blocked; Kensington chimney stack deemed lawful from afar

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 11 April-17 April, 2020

Conversion of HMO bathroom into 14th bedroom blocked

Plans to convert a bathroom in a 13-bedroom HMO into a 14th bedroom have been rejected by an inspector, who cited the room’s small floor space, ‘awkward’ window and partially sloped ceiling.

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Kensington chimney stack deemed lawful from afar

A chimney stack added to a mews property in Kensington fell within permitted development limitations, an inspector has ruled, despite being unable to visit the site because of pandemic lockdown measures.

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Care home refused on ‘visually important’ site

An inspector has cited highway safety and visual character in refusing permission for a 63-bed care home in Maidstone, ruling that the council had enough time remaining in its current local plan period to meet demand.

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Vauxhall twin skyscrapers win Jenrick’s approval

Plans for two interlinked skyscrapers on the site of Vauxhall bus station in London can go ahead, after the housing secretary approved the scheme created by the practice of the late architect Zaha Hadid.

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Jenrick rejects 112,000sqm ‘agritech’ campus

The housing secretary has rejected plans for an agricultural technology campus in Cambridgeshire, after finding no mechanism to ensure that it did not become a ‘general business park’.

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Pandemic implications cut council’s housing supply

An inspector has dismissed plans for 118 homes in the Berkshire countryside, despite revising down the council’s housing land supply in light of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the housebuilding industry.

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Tottenham scheme need not balance out housing mix

An eight-storey block of flats in Tottenham can go ahead after an inspector rejected the council’s argument that it should provide a higher proportion of family-sized units to compensate for other schemes nearby.

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