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Appeals round-up: 'Image considerations' do not justify church hall extension; Multi-use sport area not allowed on existing playing field

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 14 March-20 March, 2020

'Image considerations' do not justify church hall extension

An inspector has refused an 'eye-catching' extension to a listed church hall in Newcastle, ruling that the church's aim to improve its image did not outweigh the 'real and serious' heritage harm he had found.

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Multi-use sport area not allowed on existing playing field

A Newcastle-upon-Tyne school's plans to build an all-weather sports facility on part of its existing playing field fell foul of policies seeking to protect sports facilities, an inspector has ruled.

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Prep school's climbing frame is a building, rules inspector

An inspector has issued a split decision over a private nursery's unauthorised play area, ruling that a timber climbing frame was a building for planning purposes but granting permission for resurfacing works.

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Gasworks regeneration allowed despite allocation conflict

An inspector has approved regeneration plans for a former gasworks in Hertford that would provide nearly twice as many homes as the council had allocated the site for, following a 12-day inquiry.

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Local housing policy overruled in 181-home decision

An inspector has approved plans for 181 homes on unallocated land in Devon, challenging the council's interpretation of its own spatial policies and ruling that they were not meant to 'cap' new housing.

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Guest cabins at historic hotel could harm red squirrels

Plans for three shepherd's cabins in the grounds of a listed Lake District hotel frequented by William Wordsworth have been blocked for heritage and ecology reasons.

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Retirement flats can replace historic locally listed school

An inspector has approved the 'total loss of a non-designated heritage' asset in Banstead, ruling that its 'diminished' historic significance was outweighed by the provision of accommodation for the elderly.

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