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Appeals round-up: Javid blocks two housing schemes in Nottinghamshire; British weather does not justify basement for listed building

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 21 April-27 April, 2018

Javid blocks two housing schemes in Nottinghamshire

The housing secretary has rejected plans for up to 60 homes on land near Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, ruling that more housing could not outweigh harm to nearby heritage assets in light of the council’s housing land surplus.

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British weather does not justify basement for listed building

An inspector has dismissed arguments that adding a basement to a listed modernist house would be justified because bad weather in London means its rooftop pavilion cannot regularly be used for sunbathing, as the original architect had intended.

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Football floodlights halt 115-home Oxfordshire scheme

An inspector has blocked 115 homes in west Oxfordshire, citing harm to the setting of a nearby conservation area and disruption to future occupants caused by a neighbouring football club's floodlights.

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Hammersmith office conversion to 40 flats allowed under GPDO

An inspector has granted prior approval to convert an office building in Hammersmith into 40 flats, ruling that the need for approved ‘operational development' should not be considered a ‘disqualifying factor’ for this type of permitted development.

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‘Confusing’ local plan policy costs council affordable homes

An inspector has approved 13 market-rate homes on a Derbyshire site intended only for ‘cross subsidy’ development because of the ‘ambiguous and confusing’ wording of a local plan policy.

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58-flat block allowed despite missing multiple policy targets

An inspector has approved plans to replace a former Wetherspoon pub in Edmonton with a six-storey block of flats, despite the scheme's failure to meet affordable housing, parking and communal space targets.

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Brownfield green belt scheme blocked despite 1.35-year housing supply

Plans to replace a group of derelict nursery glasshouses with housing that would reduce built footprint by 80 per cent would harm green belt openness, an inspector has ruled, refusing permission despite the area’s severe housing supply shortfall.

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