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Appeals round-up: Mixed-use scheme would add to varied character of Clerkenwell; 9% affordable housing acceptable for 300-home Carlisle scheme

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 17 March-23 March, 2018

Mixed-use scheme would add to varied character of Clerkenwell

An inspector has approved plans for a mixed-use scheme in central London incorporating a hotel, offices and retail space, dismissing concerns over the scheme's contemporary design and proximity to Farringdon Station.

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9% affordable housing acceptable for 300-home Carlisle scheme

An inspector has allowed outline permission for 300 homes near Carlisle, accepting the scheme’s failure to meet local affordable housing policy targets on viability grounds.

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No proven need required for Derbyshire quarrying operation

An inspector has approved plans to extract 180,000 tonnes of stone and aggregate from a landfill site in Derbyshire, ruling that local policy requiring a ‘proven need’ for the scheme is out of date.

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Eco-home would ‘go almost unnoticed’ in Kent AONB

An inspector has approved plans for an eco-home in Alkham, Kent, with a ‘very different character’ from other buildings nearby, because its discreet design would render it ‘barely visible’.

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Anti-pollution shroud would harm Baker Street amenity

Plans to conceal refurbishment works to a historic Marylebone building with a shroud that absorbs toxic molecules have been blocked after an inspector found that even a temporary nine-month permission would harm the conservation area.

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Costs awarded for refusal of homeless facility on parking grounds

A South Wales council that refused permission to convert a care home into a homeless rehabilitation facility on highway safety grounds must pay full costs, ruled an inspector.

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Inspector dismisses 24-hour gym noise concerns

An inspector has dismissed concerns that converting a vacant building in Gloucester into a 24-hour gym would increase crime, ruling that the building’s reuse would in fact improve natural surveillance in the area.

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Javid blocks controversial coal mine on environment grounds

Sajid Javid has overruled his inspector's recommendation to block the extraction of three million tonnes of coal in Northumberland on environmental grounds, after receiving a petition against the scheme signed by almost 20,000 people.

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Javid blocks regeneration of UK’s largest former coal mine

Redevelopment plans for Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire to create 25,000 square metres of industrial space and a rail distribution depot have been blocked by communities secretary Sajid Javid, who cited unacceptable harm to the green belt.

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Gypsy pitch refusal ‘proportionate response’ to flood risk

An inspector has refused permission for six gypsy pitches on a floodplain in Kent despite acknowledging that the appellant’s family would likely be made homeless, ruling that it could not be considered a safe place to live.

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Javid approves 297 homes and new school in Surrey green belt

Sajid Javid has approved divisive plans to build a replacement secondary school and 297 new homes on green belt land east of Guildford, after ruling that ‘very special circumstances’ had been demonstrated.

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