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Appeals round-up: Javid says 440 Bradford homes would help address ‘acute housing shortage’; Adventure golf course would harm green belt

Planning appeals

A round-up of appeal decisions: 17 September-23 September, 2016

Javid says 440 Bradford homes would help address ‘acute housing shortage’

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has backed an inspector’s approval of a 440-home residential scheme and the replacement of a vehicular and pedestrian swing bridge in Bingley, Bradford, submitted by Redrow Homes Limited and Bellway Homes Limited (Yorkshire Division) after he judged that the scheme was in accordance with the council's aims for sustainable housing development.

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Javid disagrees with inspector over Sussex neighbourhood plan

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has overturned an inspector’s approval of a 100-home scheme in Yapton, West Sussex, after disagreeing with the weight that should be given to the neighbourhood plan in light of Arun District Council’s inability to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

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Under-provision of affordable housing does not prevent housing approval

An inspector has approved 138 houses for Newcastle-under-Lyme despite the scheme failing to meet the council’s requirement for affordable housing.

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Javid backs approval for 300 homes in Crewe

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has backed an inspector’s decision to grant Gladman Developments permission for 300 homes in Wistaston, Crewe, after judging that the extent to which the scheme would erode a defined green gap should not preclude development.

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Adventure golf course would harm green belt

Permission has been refused for an adventure golf course in the green belt in Orpington, Bromley, after an inspector judged that the ornamental features included in the appeal would cumulatively harm the openness of the green belt.

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Neighbourhood plan conflict sees ‘sustainable’ housing development refused

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has supported an inspector’s decision to refuse permission for up to 350 homes and a local centre on land adjacent to the town of Devizes in Wiltshire, owing to conflict with the neighbourhood plan (NP), despite agreeing that the proposal could be regarded as sustainable development.

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Council misapplies retail-related policy

An inspector has deleted a condition limiting the use of a retail unit in Greenwich, London, after finding that Greenwich Council had wrongly applied a policy relating to retail frontages intended to protect the vitality of the centre.

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Biodiversity improvements aid solar farm approval

An inspector has granted permission for a solar array on the edge of the village of Alkmonton in Ashbourne after finding that additional planting included in the proposal would benefit the landscape character of the area.

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Javid blocks 70 homes for East Sussex

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has backed an inspector’s decision to refuse permission for 70 dwellings in Ringmer, East Sussex, after agreeing that the benefits of the housing provision did not outweigh harm to the landscape and erosion of the separation between settlements, especially in light of Lewes District Council’s up-to-date housing supply.

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Edmonton office-to-residential scheme qualifies as permitted development

The change of use of offices to form 21 apartments has been allowed in Edmonton in London, despite Enfield Borough Council’s view that the scheme shouldn’t qualify as permitted development.

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Lisburn homes approved despite traffic concerns

WGK Construction has been granted permission to build 12 residential units in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, after a commissioner judged that Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s concerns relating to traffic impact and overlooking could be suitably dealt with by negative planning conditions.

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‘Golden arches’ would detract from high street amenity

An inspector has refused permission for an illuminated McDonald’s restaurant sign for Putney High Street, London, after finding that the sign’s elevated position would detract from the original detailing of a ‘distinctive’ terrace.

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