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Appeals round-up: Council 'worthy of admonishment' over 'perilous' listed cottage; Noise from ultrasound scanners 'extremely limited'

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 8 February-14 February, 2020

Council 'worthy of admonishment' over 'perilous' listed cottage

An inspector has strongly criticised Epping Forest Council's neglect of a listed cottage, despite rejecting plans submitted by the building's owners to fund its restoration by building a larger home in its garden.

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Noise from ultrasound scanners 'extremely limited'

An inspector has deleted a condition limiting the opening hours of a pregnancy ultrasound clinic in Alton, Hampshire, noting that the noise impact on neighbours from the scanning equipment was 'extremely limited'.

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'Ugly' billboard next to grade II* listed pub 'completely unacceptable'

An inspector has called a billboard opposite an historic pub in Camden that has allegedly been in place since 2006 'unnecessary and ugly', as well as rejecting the 'completely unacceptable' replacement proposed by the appellant.

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625 student flats allowed in Bournemouth

Plans to redevelop a seven-storey car park and shopping centre in Bournemouth into student accommodation have been allowed after an inspector decided that the scheme would not harm the local area or increase parking demand.

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Extant permission means vacant building credit is not applied

An inspector has rejected plans to build 100 homes on the site of former council offices in Suffolk with reduced affordable housing, ruling that an extant permission meant there was no need to incentivise the redevelopment of the site.

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1.5 ton 'camping pods' are buildings despite manufacturer's advice

An inspector has upheld enforcement action against four 'camping pods' installed at a campsite in the New Forest, ruling that they were not caravans or tents but buildings that required planning permission.

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'Very special circumstances' in innovative green belt housing scheme

Plans to replace an agricultural complex in the Buckinghamshire countryside with a housing scheme based on an 'innovative design idiom' can go ahead, after an inspector found cumulative 'very special circumstances' at a public hearing.

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