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Appeals round-up: Deletion of affordable housing condition makes Oldham scheme viable; North London bowls club saved from redevelopment

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 17 February-23 February, 2018

Deletion of affordable housing condition makes Oldham scheme viable

An 20-home scheme near Oldham can go ahead with no affordable housing after an inspector removed a condition requiring the houses to be 100 per cent affordable, ruling that there would otherwise be no incentive for the developer to carry out the scheme.

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North London bowls club saved from redevelopment

A scheme to demolish a bowls club in Finchley to make way for eight homes has been rejected after an inspector found no reason to believe the site could not remain as an asset of community value.

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Flood escape clarification secures approval for 99-flat scheme

An inspector has granted prior approval to convert a Godalming office into 99 flats under permitted development rules, after the appellant overcame council objections by clarifying routes in and out of the building during a flood.

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Eco-yurts would unacceptably harm heritage assets

Plans for 23 ‘eco-yurts’ intended to provide holiday accommodation near the South Downs National Park were turned down after an inspector ruled they would harm the setting of a nearby scheduled ancient monument and other heritage assets.

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Green light for 'transformational' Whitechapel high-rise scheme

An inspector has approved the comprehensive redevelopment of land near the Royal London Hospital in east London, to include 343 residential and 168 specialist accommodation units across 12 buildings of up to 23 storeys.

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160 homes for green space between Lennon and McCartney’s childhood homes

Plans for 160 homes in Allerton, Liverpool, can go ahead, after an inspector found that the benefits of addressing the area's housing supply shortfall outweighed harm to the setting of an Alfred Waterhouse designed grade II* listed building nearby.

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Javid overrules inspector to block 300-home Leeds scheme despite shortfall

Contrary to the recommendation of his inspector, Sajid Javid has blocked a 300-home scheme in Leeds for its harm to an adjacent conservation area, despite a ‘significant' shortage of housing in the area.

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Green belt bungalow turns on legal definition of ‘agriculture’

Contentious plans to demolish a hay store and tack room on green belt land and replace it with a bungalow can go ahead after an inspector consulted case law in ruling that the existing buildings were not in agricultural use.

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