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Appeals round-up: Home allowed in light of council’s second-worst HDT results; Renewable energy production amounts to ‘very special circumstances’

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 22 February-28 February, 2020

Home allowed in light of council’s second-worst HDT results

An inspector has applied the 'presumption in favour of sustainable development' in approving a new home on vacant land on a Romford housing estate, citing Havering Borough Council's poor results in the 2019 housing delivery test (HDT).

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Renewable energy production amounts to ‘very special circumstances’

An inspector has approved plans for 67 solar panels in the Hertfordshire green belt, ruling that the scheme’s ‘valuable contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions’ amounted to very special circumstances.

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Improved brownfield scheme rejected for a second time

A plan to redevelop a brownfield site in south London to provide nine homes that was dismissed at appeal in 2019 has been rejected again, after an inspector ruled that the altered scheme still did not overcome the council's concerns.

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‘World-class’ environmental assets at risk from golf course

Government ministers have refused plans to build an 18-hole golf course on sensitive coastal dunes in the Scottish Highlands. They ruled that the scheme’s environmental harm outweighed its economic benefits.

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18-storey tower held back by affordable housing agreement

An inspector has cited an incomplete 'bespoke agreement' for variable affordable housing in refusing plans for an 18-storey tower comprising 151 flats in Leeds, after overturning four of the council's five reasons for refusal.

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Pubs in other villages justify residential conversion

An inspector has approved the conversion of a listed pub in Yorkshire into a home despite dissent from local people, citing the fact that a darts team that had competed at the pub had been able to transfer to another pub six miles away.

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Meals on wheels scheme allowed to replace cut council service

A Carmarthenshire woman's plan to run a meals on wheels service from an outbuilding at her home to replace a service previously offered by the county council can go ahead, an inspector has ruled, citing the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

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