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22/01/2016

Appeals round-up: Farringdon East Crossrail ‘over site development’ approved; DCLG refuses retirement homes for Thame police station site

A round-up of appeal decisions: 16 January-22 January, 2016

Farringdon East Crossrail ‘over site development’ approved

Permission has been granted for a six storey ‘over site development’ (OSD) on a street block acquired by Crossrail in Farringdon, London, after an inspector found that the public benefits of the scheme outweighed the potential harm to heritage assets.

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DCLG refuses retirement homes for Thame police station site

The Department for Communities and Local Government has refused planning permission for the demolition of Thame police station and erection of 45 sheltered apartments for the elderly, after finding that the development would fail to preserve or enhance the Thame Conservation Area.

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Clark refuses solar farm on land use and wildlife grounds

Communities secretary Greg Clark has supported an inspector’s decision to refuse permission for a solar farm in Ormskirk, Lancashire, after finding the scheme to be inappropriate in its use of agricultural land, position in the green belt, and non-compliance with Habitats Regulations.

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Surrey campsite helps meet National Trust and AONB aims

Permission has been approved for the change of use of land to a campsite, plus the erection of two amenity blocks, in Bookham, Surrey, despite Mole Valley District Council’s concerns that the development would constitute inappropriate development in the green belt.

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Clark rules Rugby wind turbines ‘a threat to heritage assets’

Communities secretary Greg Clark has supported an inspector’s decision to refuse planning permission for four wind turbines and associated works in Pailton, Rugby, after identifying a number of issues relating the impact of the development on the visual amenity of area and a grade II listed church.

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100 Swindon homes approved despite plan conflict

Permission has been granted for the development of up to 100 dwellings in the village of Wroughton, Swindon, despite an inspector acknowledging that the proposal conflicted with the recently established Swindon Borough Local Plan 2026 (LP) and the emerging Wroughton Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2026 (eWNP).

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Lancashire solar farm plan ruled inappropriate for green belt

The Department for Communities and Local Government has supported an inspector’s decision to refuse permission for the development of a solar farm on 37 hectares of agricultural land in Aughton, Lancashire, after ruling that it constituted inappropriate development in the green belt.

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‘Holiday lodge park’ poses threat to protected species

The change of use of an area of coniferous woodland in the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site to a ‘holiday lodge park’ has been refused, as an inspector found that the scheme presented a risk to white-clawed crayfish, great crested newts and badgers.

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Southampton fish and chip shop 'unacceptable addition to area'

Inspector Jacqueline Wilkinson has ruled against an appeal for the conversion of an existing one bedroom ground floor flat into a fish and chip shop in Southampton, after finding that the proposal was unacceptable in relation to loss of housing, living conditions of adjacent occupiers and impact on the character and appearance of the area.

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100 Preston homes “not disproportionate enlargement to village”

A further 51 homes have been approved for a site in the village of Wrea Green, Preston, where permission for 49 homes has already been awarded to developer Story Homes.

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