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Appeals round-up: Most read stories in 2016

Planning appeals

A round-up of the most read appeal decisions in 2016

Javid approves controversial fracking plans for Lancashire

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has backed an inspector’s decision to grant permission to Cuadrilla Bowland Limited for shale gas fracking exploration and monitoring operations at its Preston New Road site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire, but withheld permission for exploration works at its Roseacre Wood site.

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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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Sand extraction allowed at remote Scottish island 

Permission has been approved for a sand extraction operation on Vallay Island, an uninhabited tidal island off the coast of North Uist in Scotland.

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Trump given green light for ‘excessively high’ flagpole

President-elect Donald Trump’s Trump International Golf Club Scotland has won its appeal for retrospective permission to erect a flagpole at the Balmedie site, despite the council’s view that the pole is “well in excess” of typical flagpole heights.

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DCLG rejects Gloucestershire homes owing to neighbourhood plan conflict

Communities secretary Greg Clark has overturned an inspector’s decision to approve planning permission for 200 dwellings in Lydney, Gloucestershire, after finding that the extent to which the proposal conflicted with Forest of Dean District Council’s Allocations Plan Submission Draft August 2015 and the emerging Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan outweighed the benefits of the scheme.

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