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Appeals round-up: DCLG approves two schemes totalling 1,350 dwellings in Warwick; Homes development would ‘cause harm’ to protected woodland

A round-up of appeal decisions: 9 January-15 January, 2016

DCLG approves two schemes totalling 1,350 dwellings in Warwick

Communities secretary Greg Clark has overturned an inspector’s decision to refuse permission for 990 dwellings, and supported a separate decision to grant permission for 450 dwellings, for two appeals on land bordering the Europa Way in Warwick.

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Residential development would cause some harm to protected woodland

Permission has been granted for 93 dwellings in Alfreton, Derbyshire, despite council and resident concerns surrounding the effect of the development on an area of protected woodland.

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Clark approves Preston gypsy site

Communities secretary Greg Clark has permitted an application for a residential caravan site for three gypsy families each with two caravans, plus an amenity block, in Newton with Scales, Preston.

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Six wind turbines approved for Pentland Hills Regional Park area

Camilty Wind Farm LLP has been granted permission to erect six wind turbines near the Pentland Hills Regional Park in Scotland, after a reporter decided that the wind farm would not affect the landscape and heritage assets enough to outweigh the scheme’s contribution to renewable energy aims.

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Substantial mixed-use development approved for Isle of Wight

Outline planning permission has been granted for a mixed-use development in Newport, Isle of Wight, after an inspector found that the Isle of Wight Council had acted unreasonably in rejecting the appeal.

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Convenience store ‘not detrimental to viability’ of local centre

Permission has been granted for the development of a convenience store, ATM and associated car parking on the site of a former working men’s club in Middleton, Manchester. An inspector ruled that the proposal was unlikely to detrimentally affect the vitality and viability of the Nowell Road local centre.

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Whisky storage warehouse approved for Scottish Highlands

Permission has been given to appellant Kinburn (123) LLP for the erection of a new steel-framed whisky storage warehouse and associated landscaping in the village of Brora, Scotland, after a reporter found that council concerns about a loss of screening woodland and the effect of black mould on the residential amenity of the area were unfounded.

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BMV land-to-garden use approved

Permission has been granted for the change of use of a section of agricultural land to garden land at Walnut Farm in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, after an inspector ruled that the land in question had little practical effect on the supply and productive use of best and most versatile (BMV) land.

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