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Appeals round-up: Conversion of Victorian underground reservoir would harm AONB; Thames-side land saved for future public access

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 12 May-18 May, 2018

Conversion of Victorian underground reservoir would harm AONB

An inspector has blocked plans to convert a subterranean brick-vaulted reservoir in the Forest of Bowland AONB into a home, calling the scheme ‘visually intrusive’.

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Thames-side land saved for future public access

An inspector has rejected plans to extend a row of private gardens down towards the edge of the River Thames in Putney, in light of the council's ambition to use the land to allow public access to the riverfront.

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Public art installation would harm character of Westminster

An inspector has refused to renew consent for an illuminated art installation on a Victorian building near Westminster Cathedral, ruling that its ‘dominant and intrusive’ appearance outweighed its public benefits.

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Hotel and flats scheme approved despite amenity space shortfall

Plans to reconfigure and extend a building in Ilford to create a 40-bedroom hotel and 15 flats can go ahead, despite failing to meet private amenity space standards.

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'De-recovered' appeal allowed after High Court quashes neighbourhood plan

An inspector has approved 70 homes near Asfordby, Leicestershire, three months after the High Court quashed the village's neighbourhood plan, leading then-communities secretary Sajid Javid to reverse his recovery of the appeal.

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Subterranean home not isolated enough for paragraph 55 exception

An inspector has blocked an award-winning proposal for a partially underground home on green belt land near Bolton, ruling that it could not be considered under NPPF paragraph 55 because the site is not 'isolated'.

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25 homes approved despite neighbourhood plan conflict

An inspector has approved 25 homes in a Norfolk village after overruling its neighbourhood plan because it failed to allocate sites for housing, as required by a 2016 ministerial statement.

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Eight-storey hotel would improve views into Manchester

An inspector has approved plans to replace an unauthorised used car dealership near Manchester with an eight-storey hotel, after finding it compliant with the 'most up-to-date expression of the council's strategy'.

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