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Appeals round-up: Cycle space requirement for HMO halved; Norfolk scrape could cause more harm than good

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 14 November-20 November, 2020

Cycle space requirement for HMO halved

Plans to convert ten self-contained flats in Ealing into a single eight-bedroom HMO need only provide four cycle parking spaces, an inspector has ruled, half the number the council had demanded when subjecting its approval to conditions.

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Norfolk scrape could cause more harm than good

An inspector was unconvinced by the possible environmental benefits of a 'scrape' - a shallow depression that seasonally holds water - that was created without consent in the Norfolk Coast AONB, calling it 'somewhat alien'.

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'Low profile' homes allowed in green belt

Plans to build eight 'low profile' bungalows on previously developed land near Basildon can go ahead, after an inspector ruled that the scheme was not inappropriate green belt development and would not harm openness.

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Jenrick rejects £271m Norwich regeneration scheme

Controversial plans to redevelop a shopping centre in Norwich, strongly opposed by heritage campaigners for its proposed 20-storey tower, have been refused permission by the housing secretary against the advice of his inspector.

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Pub closed one year after acquisition cannot be converted

A listed pub in Essex, that closed just over a year after being acquired, cannot be converted into a home following an inspector's ruling that the appellant's evidence 'fell far short' of justifying the conversion despite her 'commitment and sacrifice'.

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Museum improvements do not justify ancient woodland loss

Plans for a new visitor centre at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian have been rejected despite the scheme's various public benefits, after a reporter decided that the loss of 299 trees at the site was unacceptable.

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Top floor medical use excluded from residential conversion

The top floor of a six-storey office block in Purley cannot be converted to flats despite the rest of the building's conversion under permitted development rules because it was last used as a dialysis clinic under use class D1, an inspector has ruled.

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