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Appeals round-up: Javid overturns approval of 189 Cheshire homes; Hotel and drive-thru would not compromise Salisbury centre

Planning appeals

A round-up of appeal decisions: 13 August-19 August, 2016

Javid overturns approval of 189 Cheshire homes

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has overturned an inspector’s decision to approve a 189-home scheme in Stapeley, Nantwich, after finding that there were no material considerations to justify the resulting loss of best and most versatile agricultural land and harm to the character and appearance of the countryside.

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350 homes approved for Milton Keynes despite road safety concerns

Connolly Homes Plc has been granted outline planning permission for the development of up to 350 homes at Church Farm in the Buckinghamshire village of Wavendon, after an inspector found that Milton Keynes Council had wrongly judged various highway measures outlined by the appellant to be unsafe for road users and pedestrians.

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Starter homes judged not to be deliverable

Fifty-one first-time buyer/shared equity homes have been refused at Witney in Oxfordshire, after an inspector ruled that the scheme would harm employment opportunities in the area and would not comply with the Starter Homes policy.

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Granville Road Estate homes approved

Permission has been approved for the demolition of an existing court and erection of new buildings to provide 132 new dwellings on the Grants Roads Estate in Childs Hill, London, after an inspector found that the scheme would be appropriate in terms of open space provision and mix of affordable housing.

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Travelling showpeople’s site approved for West Yorkshire green belt

Permission has been granted for a travelling showpeople’s site including residential caravans and storage on the edge of the village of Fitzwilliam, Pontefract, after an inspector judged that very special circumstances had been demonstrated to allow for development in the green belt.

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Hotel and drive-thru would not compromise Salisbury centre

Permission has been granted for a hotel and separate drive-thru on a site just outside of the centre of Salisbury, after an inspector disagreed that the site would harm the vitality and viability of the city centre.

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Barton homes approved despite sustainable transport issues

Wainhomes North West has been given planning permission for 72 homes in the village of Barton, Preston, after an inspector found that the scheme’s contribution to housing supply, including 35 per cent affordable housing, outweighed issues relating to the sustainability of the location.

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Rathfriland home does not qualify for rural development exception

Permission has been refused for a house on existing farmland in Rathfriland, Northern Ireland, after a commissioner judged that the development would harm the character of the area.

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