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Appeals round-up: Harmful railings allowed at grade II* listed harbour; 9 Airbnbs in King’s Cross townhouse refused permission

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 27 June-3 July, 2020

Harmful railings allowed at grade II* listed harbour

An inspector has allowed plans for 652 metres of railings at Ramsgate Royal Harbour despite noting that they would cause heritage harm, ruling that the scheme’s public safety benefits carried decisive weight.

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9 Airbnbs in King’s Cross townhouse refused permission

An inspector has refused retrospective permission for the conversion of a four-storey townhouse in King’s Cross into nine individual short-term holiday lets, considering the resulting loss of permanent accommodation in Camden unacceptable.

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Pub’s conversion to nine flats blocked on community grounds

Plans to convert a large pub in Chelmsford into nine flats have been rejected by an inspector, who was unconvinced that the appellant’s marketing of the building for other community uses had been ‘serious and realistic’.

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179-home scheme ‘entirely inconsistent’ with identified need

Plans to build 179 flats on brownfield land in Luton have been rejected by an inspector, who found that the scheme’s mix of too many one-bedroom flats and not enough larger homes was ‘wholly inconsistent’ with the identified housing need in the area.

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More design detail needed for full permission

An inspector criticised an appellant's design and layout plans and their lack of detail in refusing an application for reserved matters approval of one phase of a major 930-home development near Exeter.

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‘Police advice’ does not justify listed building harm

An inspector has rejected a developer’s unsupported claim that alterations to a 17th century building were justified because ‘a concerned police officer’ had advised him to secure it against vandalism and trespassers.

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Shop conversion blocked after PD changes announced

An inspector has cited harm to living conditions, heritage and shopping street vitality in refusing the conversion of a vacant Croydon shop unit into a flat, in a decision published the day after plans were announced to make such works ‘permitted development’.

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