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21/08/2017

Appeals round-up: Inspector blocks 18-home scheme despite housing shortfall; 70-room hotel will not replace traditional villas in conservation area

Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 15-21 August, 2017

Inspector blocks 18-home scheme despite housing shortfall

An inspector has blocked plans for 18 homes near Saffron Walden, Essex, despite the area’s housing supply shortfall, upholding all four of the local council's reasons for refusal at appeal.

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70-room hotel will not replace traditional villas in conservation area

Plans to demolish two ‘good-quality Edwardian villas’ and build a five-storey hotel have been blocked after an inspector ruled that its modern design would be out of context with the conservation area in an East Sussex seaside town.

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Inspector overrules local plan to allow sleeping area in converted tabernacle

An old religious meeting hall near Exeter that was recently converted into a design studio can be further altered to add a sleeping area in its roof space. An inspector ruled that the plan was sustainable development despite some conflict with local policy.

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Children's care home no more disruptive than family home

An inspector has approved a change of use from a class C3 house to a care home for up to three teenagers, ruling that disruption to neighbours would be no worse than if a family was occupying the house.

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Burnt-out building less harmful to conservation area than new homes

A plan to replace a derelict building in Ramsey conservation area with four new homes has been blocked after an inspector ruled that the new homes would cause greater harm to the character of the area than the existing burnt-out home.

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Council must pay costs for overestimating housing supply by three years

Fareham Borough Council has been penalised for acting unreasonably by basing its estimate of five years of housing land supply on an out-of-date core strategy when refusing a 120-home scheme.

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‘Isolated’ lion enclosure and dwelling refused near Chipping Norton

Plans for a lion enclosure and associated dwelling in west Oxfordshire have been refused after an inspector found no evidence for the special circumstances required to permit new isolated development in the countryside.

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Inspector overrules local plan to allow 50% affordable scheme

Permission has been granted for 92 homes near Gloucester, half of which would be designated affordable, after an inspector overruled local housing policy and dismissed concerns about flooding and landscape harm.

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10MW solar farm refused after changes to proposal rejected

An inspector has refused permission for a solar farm in Oxfordshire as it would harm the character of the area. He refused to take the appellant’s late alterations to the proposal into account because they had not been consulted on.

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