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Appeals round-up: No evidence that ‘oppressive’ flats would be tailored for disabled; ‘Densely overgrown’ land preferred to school facilities

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 16 February-22 February, 2019

No evidence that ‘oppressive’ flats would be tailored for disabled

An inspector has blocked plans to convert a pub into 12 assisted living units because they would be ‘oppressively constrained’, finding no evidence for the appellant’s claim that the flats had been ‘tailored to the requirements’ of disabled people.

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‘Densely overgrown’ land preferred to school facilities

An inspector has refused a school’s plans to develop ‘untamed’ land in North London for sport and teaching facilities, finding unacceptable harm to the surrounding conservation area.

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‘Bold but subtle’ design preferred to Victorian-style pastiche

Plans for a partially subterranean home in a domestic garden in Haywards Heath can go ahead, an inspector has ruled, because the proposed modern design would not “attempt to act as a pastiche” of the Victorian architecture nearby.

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261 homes approved on land between two motorways

An inspector has granted permission for 261 homes on a parcel of land enclosed by the M6 and M61 motorways, ruling that ‘enhanced acoustic glazing’ could keep noise levels to an acceptable standard.

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‘Monolithic’ 14-storey student tower would harm Swansea townscape

Plans for a tower to provide 414 units of student accommodation in Swansea would appear ‘monolithic and slab-like’, an inspector has ruled, refusing permission despite acknowledging the ‘increasing demand’ for student housing in the area.

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Aldi store approved despite Lidl objections

Plans for a new Aldi store on the outskirts of Whitchurch, Shropshire, have been approved, despite objections from rival supermarket Lidl, who argued the impact on its town centre store would be ‘catastrophic’ and could cause it to close.

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Care complex benefits do not outweigh green belt harm

Plans to replace a strawberry farm in Runnymede with a 40-bed care home and 110 ‘extra care’ units have been blocked, after an inspector dismissed the appellant’s criticism of the area’s designated green belt boundaries.

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