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Appeals round-up: Double-decker café deemed harmful to AONB; Newly designated conservation area removes demolition rights

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 12 September-18 September, 2020

Double-decker café deemed harmful to AONB

An inspector has refused retrospective permission for a small business in Cornwall running a café from a converted double-decker bus, citing unacceptable harm to the surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

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Newly designated conservation area removes demolition rights

An inspector has rejected plans to demolish a Victorian house in Northamptonshire, ruling that the council's designation of a conservation area after the application had been submitted meant the proposal was not permitted development.

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Garden extension would harm green infrastructure strategy

An inspector has rejected a homeowner's application to incorporate an area of council-owned land into his garden, citing the land's 'intrinsic value' and its contribution towards the council's green infrastructure strategy.

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Pandemic disruption sends housing supply below five years

In refusing plans for 81 homes in Bedfordshire, an inspector ruled that while disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic had brought the council's marginal housing land supply below five years, these effects were likely to be temporary.

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Housing would prejudice advanced neighbourhood plan

Plans for 83 homes near the M25 have been rejected, after an inspector decided that the proposal was so substantial that it would undermine the area's emerging neighbourhood plan, which is due to be examined this month.

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‘Monolithic’ blank façade criticised at virtual hearing

Following a virtual hearing, an inspector rejected plans for a four-storey block of flats in Hillingdon that featured a ‘monolithic’ blank façade, noting that a ‘preferable’ alternative scheme had since been approved by the council.

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'Oppressive' student accommodation rejected

Plans for 22 serviced apartments in Bournemouth that would feature an 'impractically small' communal space and windows looking directly towards a blank wall would create an 'oppressive' effect, an inspector has ruled.

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