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02/05/2017

Appeals round-up: Javid blocks houses and surgery to preserve listed building’s setting; Meeting hall ‘for religious uses only’ considered a community facility

Planning appeals

A round-up of appeal decisions: 24th April-28th April, 2017

Javid blocks houses and surgery to preserve listed building’s setting

Secretary of state Sajid Javid has upheld an inspector's decision to refuse plans for 36 houses and a doctor’s surgery in Gloucestershire to preserve the setting of a grade II* listed early 18th century gazebo building.

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Meeting hall ‘for religious uses only’ considered a community facility

An inspector has allowed plans to construct a small Christian meeting hall in West Sussex after ruling that it should be considered a community facility, even though it would not be available for general public use.

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Adventure park’s benefits outweigh green belt harm in deprived area

A large adventure park complex including a zoo, climbing wall and golf course has been granted permission after an inspector decided that the economic benefits to the deprived Hounslow area outweighed harm to the green belt.

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Using replacement golf clubhouse for weddings is inappropriate in green belt

An inspector has rejected plans to replace an existing golf clubhouse near Slough with a new building that could also be used for weddings and events. He ruled that if the balance of use changed, the building would be inappropriate in the green belt.

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Recreational fishery would cause unacceptable harm to landscape

Plans to enlarge two existing lakes to create a recreational fishery near Tunbridge Wells have been blocked after an inspector decided that the engineering work required would cause unacceptable harm to the character of the countryside.

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Accommodating 150 students would not harm community balance

Plans to build a 150-bedroom student accommodation development in Chester have been allowed after an inspector dismissed the council's argument that more students would damage the balance of the community.

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Solar farm allowed despite harm to listed First World War aerodrome

An inspector has allowed plans for a solar farm in Chelmsford, Essex, after ruling that the public benefit of renewable energy outweighed harm to the listed Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, which is of historical and architectural significance.

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Bungalows ruled out on green belt despite previous development

Plans to replace a cattery and car workshop with three bungalows on green belt land have been rejected after an inspector decided that despite having a smaller floor area, the ‘increased bulk’ of the bungalows would result in a overall increase in development.

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House approved on car park "used and enjoyed by residents"

A car park used by residents for community events will be lost after an inspector granted permission for a house to be built on it, despite it being designated an asset of community value by Camden Council.

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