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Appeals round-up: Landscape-led rethink of Bolton housing scheme wins approval; Major solar farm would harm Dorset 'valued landscape'

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 25 July-31 July, 2020

Landscape-led rethink of Bolton housing scheme wins approval

Developer Bellway Homes has won permission to build 167 homes on protected land near Bolton, after persuading an inspector that the plans were 'materially different' to a 2018 application it made to develop the site, which was rejected at appeal.

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Major solar farm would harm Dorset 'valued landscape'

Despite criticising the 'blunderbuss approach' employed by some interested parties in opposing a major solar farm in Dorset, an inspector sided with them in refusing permission, after agreeing that the appeal site was a 'valued landscape'.

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Bunds blight airfield tourism plans despite safety sanction

An inspector agreed that plans for 43 timber-clad holiday units on part of a recreational airfield in Yorkshire complied with aviation safety guidelines, before citing the 'stark' appearance of the 25ft and 30ft acoustic bunds proposed in refusing permission.

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Design failures halt Romford regeneration scheme

Plans to build 110 new homes next to an office block in Romford already being converted into 109 flats under permitted development rules suffered from 'a range of issues' that were 'symptomatic of the site's overdevelopment, an inspector has ruled.

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Paragraph 79 home rejected despite design panel support

An inspector has rejected plans for a three-storey home near Gatwick Airport submitted under NPPF paragraph 79 despite the support of a design review panel, citing concerns over its 'confusing' design and its impact on a nearby dog kennels.

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Jenrick approves housing in world heritage site buffer zone

The housing secretary has allowed plans for up to 118 homes in the buffer zone of the Derwent Valley Mills world heritage site in Derbyshire, ruling that the scheme's 'extremely limited' heritage harm was outweighed by its benefits.

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Housing harm to world heritage site deemed unacceptable

The housing secretary has refused permission for 185 homes on land in the Derwent Valley Mills world heritage site buffer zone, after approving plans by a different developer to build 118 homes on land less than two miles away on the same day.

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Ryder Cup decision to determine whether golf course goes ahead

A championship golf course and linked 1,000 home development in listed parkland in Bolton can go ahead, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has ruled - but only if the venue is awarded the Ryder Cup.

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