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Appeals round-up: Council’s concern over future PD conversion dismissed; Self-assembly skateboard ramp is a building

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 9 November-15 November, 2019

Council’s concern over future PD conversion dismissed

An inspector has made an office block in Birmingham eligible for conversion to flats under permitted development by removing a condition applied to it in 2006, despite council concerns about the building’s location within an employment area.

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Self-assembly skateboard ramp is a building for planning purposes

A reporter has upheld an enforcement notice to remove a self-assemble skateboard ramp from a garden on the grounds that it is a building and therefore requires planning permission.

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Christmas market would impinge on ‘exceptional’ listed building

Permission for a small independent traders’ Christmas market in the forecourt of a grade-I listed building in York has been denied, after an inspector ruled that the temporary wooden sheds would impinge on views of the building.

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Jenrick blocks 500 homes despite ‘persistent’ shortfall

After calling in plans to build 500 homes on green belt land in West Yorkshire, the housing secretary has refused permission against the advice of his inspector, despite the council’s support for the scheme in light of its enduring housing supply shortfall.

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Permitted development scheme blocked for harm to living conditions

An inspector has refused prior approval to convert offices next to two music venues in Birmingham into flats, ruling that the impact of noise on the living conditions of future occupants was an ‘implicit’ consideration under the terms of the GPDO.

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Removal of affordable housing from approved scheme blocked

An inspector has rejected a developer’s argument that a 2017 permission to build 10 homes in Norfolk with 20 per cent affordable housing was no longer viable because of a £600,000 increase in building costs.

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Partial hotel conversion for Plymouth student halls approved

Thirty-three rooms in a block of student accommodation built in 2014 can be used as hotel rooms while the other 52 rooms remain occupied by students, an inspector has ruled, despite council concerns over the effect of the scheme on student welfare.

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