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Appeals round-up: Dropped affordable housing offer not justified by pandemic; Major mixed-use Leicestershire scheme rejected

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 8 May-15 May, 2021

Dropped affordable housing offer not justified by pandemic

A developer who agreed to provide 20 discounted homes as part of a wider development before arguing that the pandemic had made the contribution unviable was rebuked by an inspector, who found that pessimism around the housing market had not been 'borne out in reality'.

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Major mixed-use Leicestershire scheme rejected

A hybrid scheme proposing the extension of a business park in Hinckley to provide 30,000 square metres of industrial and warehousing space as well as 140 new homes has been blocked by an inspector, who found harm to the 'transitional' site.

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Prototype prefabricated hostel refused in green belt

An inspector has refused to grant temporary permission for a prefabricated hostel prototype on green belt land in Staffordshire, ruling that the benefits of its potential uses, including NHS staff accommodation, did not amount to 'very special circumstances'.

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‘Very important’ village pub will not make way for houses

An inspector has rejected plans to demolish The Dog and Badger pub in Bedfordshire to make way for five homes, noting that the level of interest from local residents ‘strongly indicated’ that the pub was highly valued by the community.

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500-room hotel and water park allowed in Oxfordshire countryside

A US-based company’s plans to downsize a golf course to make way for a major leisure resort at a small village near Bicester have been approved by an inspector, who disagreed with the council, its planning officers, and a local campaign group.

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Neolithic-style tomb would cause problems for motorists

An archaeologist’s plans to construct a Neolithic-style passage tomb as part of an educational experience in Powys have been blocked by an inspector, who had first-hand experience of the site’s unsafe single-lane access road on his visit.

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Jenrick approves Sutton SEND school despite local objections

The housing secretary has approved plans for a new school for children with learning difficulties in Sutton, agreeing with his inspector that the 'sheer volume' of objections from local people did not mean their opposition was sound.

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