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Appeals round-up: Elderly home support policy weighs against care home; Shipping container café allowed despite ‘design shortcomings’

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 23 February-1 March, 2019

Elderly home support policy weighs against care home

A proposed four-storey care home in Edinburgh has been turned down in light of the council’s policy aim to ‘move away from an over-reliance on institutional care and towards support in the home”.

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Shipping container café allowed despite ‘design shortcomings’

Plans for a café composed of two converted shipping containers on a brownfield plot in Wakefield can go ahead, after an inspector ruled that the proposed ‘positive and effective use of the site’ outweighed the scheme’s ‘design shortcomings’.

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Modernist Hampstead home saved from demolition

A modernist home in Hampstead previously owned by Baroness Serota, the late British Government minister and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, will not be demolished to make way for an ‘overly confident’ Arts & Crafts-style replacement, an inspector has ruled.

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Garden shelter with no habitable rooms is residential use

An inspector has refused permission for a ‘garden shelter’ on green belt land in Surrey, considering the building a residential use despite acknowledging that it has ‘no habitable space’.

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157 homes approved in Soham amid local plan dispute

An inspector has approved plans for 157 homes in Soham, East Cambridgeshire, days after the local council withdrew its emerging local plan midway through its inspection.

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Notice upheld against ‘HMO’ containing six self-contained units

An inspector has upheld enforcement action against a three-bedroom home in Brent, described by the appellant as an HMO, which was converted into six self-contained flats, leaving a corridor as the only remaining communal space.

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Petrol station Starbucks is ‘primary use within a mixed use’

An inspector has granted retrospective permission for a service station in Leeds, following a dispute over whether the attached Starbucks coffee shop should be considered a separate planning unit.

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Council must pay costs for ‘openness’ misinterpretation

Warrington Borough Council must pay costs for failing to distinguish between ‘openness’ as it relates to green belt policy and openness as a descriptive term, in refusing plans for two agricultural buildings.

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