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Appeals round-up: Inspector takes ‘precautionary approach’ to risk of Greggs exploding; Housing provision outweighs neighbourhood plan conflict in Norfolk

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 2 March-9 March, 2018

Inspector takes ‘precautionary approach’ to risk of Greggs exploding

An inspector has refused retrospective permission for the conversion of a former petrol station car wash near Swindon into a Greggs bakery, citing concerns that ‘explosive vapours’ from hydrocarbon contamination could enter the building.

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Housing provision outweighs neighbourhood plan conflict in Norfolk

Plans for 50 homes near the village of Mattishall, Norfolk have been approved despite conflict with the area's neighbourhood plan, in light of the local council's housing supply shortfall.

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Inspector upholds Islington Council’s viability assessment challenge

An inspector has refused plans for 24 homes and a day nursery in Highbury, North London, siding with the local authority after it challenged the appellant’s proposed affordable housing contribution on viability grounds.

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House in green belt village would not be 'infill development’

An inspector has blocked plans for a new home on a previously developed green belt site within a Cheshire village, ruling that it could not be considered ‘infill development’.

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Local action group fails to sway inspector on 93-home scheme

A local action group that stepped in to fight plans for 93 homes in Lancashire after Wyre Borough Council dropped its opposition to the scheme has failed to persuade an inspector to turn it down.

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Temporary coal mine would be intolerable for Derbyshire community

Permission for a 42-month surface coal mining operation near Clay Cross, Derbyshire, was blocked after an inspector found it would require ‘an excessive degree of forbearance’ on the part of local residents.

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Erroneously listed extension saved by historical associations

A 1960s extension to a Regency-era villa in Oxford that was included in its listing after being mistaken as original has been saved from demolition because of the ‘nationally important’ figures associated with it.

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Inspector opts for Sedgefield approach in approving 141 homes

An inspector’s decision to employ the Sedgefield approach in calculating the housing supply shortfall in Milton Keynes led him to approve plans for a 141-home extension to a nearby village, despite ‘significant public opposition’ to the scheme.

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Controversial redevelopment of popular Chelsea bookshop approved

Redevelopment plans for a 1970s building in West London that would force out popular bookseller Daunt Books have been approved despite more than 140 objections.

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