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Appeals round-up: Housing scheme’s layout would not create ‘self-contained ghettos’; HMOs have led to ‘negative perceptions’ of Pontypridd student area

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 12 January-18 January, 2019

Housing scheme’s layout would not create ‘self-contained ghettos’

An inspector has approved a 64-home scheme on land in Lincolnshire allocated for only 49 homes, dismissing the local council’s ‘somewhat emotive language’ relating to affordable housing distribution.

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HMOs have led to ‘negative perceptions’ of Pontypridd student area

Plans for another HMO in Treforest, an area of Pontypridd near the University of South Wales where 32 per cent of houses are shared, would not maintain a sustainable community balance, an inspector has ruled.

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Minimalist extension to listed nursery would be ‘harmfully conspicuous’

An inspector has blocked plans for a modern rear extension to a grade-II listed children’s nursery in Bath to provide additional classroom space, calling the plans ‘intrusive and discordant’.

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Residential conversion of offices could cause ‘indiscriminate’ parking

Plans to convert an office block in Beckenham town centre into flats under permitted development rules could lead to ‘indiscriminate street parking’, an inspector has ruled.

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Inspector dismisses council’s six reasons for refusing care home

An inspector has approved plans for a 45-bed care home on the edge of St Albans conservation area, dismissing all six of the reasons for refusal cited by the council.

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Knebworth pub garden flats approved despite fierce opposition

Plans to build flats on the garden of a popular pub in Hertfordshire would not threaten its viability, an inspector has ruled, rejecting a local protest group’s claims that the scheme represented a ‘Trojan horse’ plot to ensure the pub’s decline.

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Aldi supermarket approved contrary to development plan

Following a five-day inquiry an inspector has approved plans for an Aldi supermarket on the edge of Gillingham, Dorset, ruling that it would not prejudice the council’s plans for an urban extension to the south of the town.

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New Edinburgh village blocked for green belt harm

Plans for a new ‘village’ of 214 homes and 216 student flats on the edge of Edinburgh have been turned down after a reporter found it would function as ‘a housing estate remote from any community’ rather than a sustainable settlement.

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Notice upheld against ‘hay store’ with double-glazed windows

An inspector has upheld an enforcement notice against an unauthorised building in Somerset ostensibly used for storing hay bales, noting its ‘residential appearance’ and lack of appropriate ventilation.

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