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Appeals round-up: Inspector cites Javid on green belt boundary ruling; Townhouse restoration outweighs loss of housing despite marginal supply

Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 29 August-4 September, 2017

Inspector cites Javid on green belt boundary ruling

An inspector has refused permission for 10 ‘executive dwellings’ in Northumberland, ruling that the scheme would be inappropriate development after referring to Sajid Javid’s ruling on areas with unspecified green belt boundaries earlier this year.

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Townhouse restoration outweighs loss of housing despite marginal supply

The merging of two flats in a listed Chelsea townhouse by reinstating a staircase between them has been allowed after an inspector ruled that the benefit of restoring the building’s historic layout outweighed the loss of separate housing units.

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‘Unquantified need’ for 2,400-space Manchester Airport car park

Plans for a ‘monolithic’ four-storey car park to serve Manchester Airport have been refused after an inspector ruled that the future need for more parking had not been quantified and could not outweigh demonstrable harm to the area’s character.

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Two more homes for permitted scheme would harm green belt

An inspector has refused permission for two homes on green belt land in Surrey, which were to be added to seven previously allowed on the same site, because the new homes would be on an undeveloped portion of the land.

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Kent solar farm opposed by MP is refused permission

Proposals for a solar farm that could power 2,750 homes near Maidstone, Kent, have been blocked after an inspector decided that protecting the ‘sensitive landscape’ and nine surrounding listed buildings took priority over the need for renewable energy.

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Sustainability comes second to development plan in Maidstone scheme

An inspector has refused permission for 45 homes near Harrietsham, Kent despite judging the scheme economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, ruling that the local development plan should carry most weight because the council could demonstrate a five-year housing supply.

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Javid approves 560-home scheme despite local plan conflict

Sajid Javid has granted permission for a scheme involving 560 homes and 110 extra care and assisted living units near Felixstowe, Suffolk, despite its conflict with the local development plan. A housing supply shortfall of at least 1.5 years was key to the decision.

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Scottish ministers overrule reporter's advice to back Murray sports scheme

Scottish ministers have gone against the recommendation of a government planning reporter who advised that proposals for an elite tennis and golf facility in the Dunblane green belt, backed by Judy Murray, should not get planning permission.

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England’s second curling rink ‘unacceptable in principle’

An inspector has refused a revised proposal to convert a Berkshire barn into a curling rink after ruling that it would be unacceptable countryside development, despite acknowledging that England's only other curling rink is also a rural converted barn.

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Council must pay costs after refusing retirement apartments

An inspector has granted permission for 31 two-bedroom retirement apartments in Ruscombe, near Reading, Berkshire, after deciding that the council had failed to distinguish between ‘difference and harm’ and must pay costs for ‘unreasonable behaviour’.

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