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Appeals round-up: Link to garage would make house too large to be affordable; Unsafe access impedes Sussex eco-home plans

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 15 June-21 June, 2019

Link to garage would make house too large to be affordable

A condition limiting the internal floor area of a Shropshire house to 100 square metres is necessary to ensure it remains appropriate to the local affordable housing market, an inspector has ruled, preventing plans to link the house to an adjacent garage.

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Unsafe access impedes Sussex eco-home plans

An inspector has refused plans to replace a dilapidated greenhouse with a zero carbon eco-home in the High Weald AONB, ruling that an access road already used by two existing nearby homes was hazardous .

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Sequential test needed for homes in 'lowest risk' flood zone

An inspector has blocked plans for three homes in Devon on land within flood zone one - where the risk of river and sea flooding is lowest – ruling that a sequential test must also be applied at sites threatened by surface water flooding.

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Extra word added to policy quotation costs council

A Berkshire council behaved unreasonably by ‘inserting an additional word’ when citing one of its spatial policies in its officer’s report, which ‘significantly altered’ the policy’s meaning, an inspector has ruled.

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225-home scheme refused despite 'stalled' neighbourhood plan

An inspector has refused outline permission in Wadebridge, Cornwall, where progress on a neighbourhood plan has stalled, stating that to allow permission would prevent local people from 'bringing forward development in the way they prefer'.

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Gypsy family's human rights outweighed by landscape harm

An inspector cited landscape harm in refusing permission for a gypsy pitch in Kent, ruling that the resulting interference with the appellant's human rights was 'proportionate and necessary in the public interest'.

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1966 planning condition prevents bingo hall conversion

An inspector has upheld enforcement action against the use of a former bingo hall in Romford as a banqueting hall despite acknowledging that both uses fell within use class D2, citing a condition attached to the original 1966 permission.

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