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Appeals round-up: Paragraph 79 'hobbit house' not innovative; Housing scheme would harm national park more than 2km away

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 14 December-20 December, 2019

Paragraph 79 'hobbit house' not innovative

Plans for a partially subterranean semi-circular 'hobbit house' to the rear of an existing row of houses in Hampshire would be neither 'isolated' nor 'innovative', an inspector has ruled, criticising its 'awkward' appearance.

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Housing scheme would harm national park more than 2km away

An inspector has blocked plans for 154 homes in Staffordshire despite the council’s housing supply of just 1.54 years, citing harm to the setting of the Peak District National Park, whose boundary was more than 2km from the appeal site.

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Arcade allowed in high crime area despite fear of criminal activity

An empty shop unit close to Birmingham city centre can be converted into an amusement arcade despite police concerns that it could increase crime in an area already subject to a Public Space Protection Order.

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Eastbourne 700-home urban extension blocked

An inspector has cited 'basic risk to highway safety' in rejecting plans for a major extension to the built-up area of Eastbourne despite the council's housing land supply shortfall, following an 11-day inquiry.

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Student halls scheme allowed near Colchester Roman ruins

Plans for student flats near the oldest Roman town walls in Britain that were unanimously rejected by the local council's planning committee have been allowed at appeal – despite strong local opposition and concerns about the level of consultation undertaken.

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120-home development would undermine literary associations

An inspector has cited harm to a grade I listed manor house and surrounding landscape associated with the English novelist Thomas Hardy in refusing outline permission for 120 homes in west Dorset.

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Brownfield scheme allowed despite loss of daylight

An inspector has approved plans for a seven-storey building on brownfield land in Willesden Green despite acknowledging that the scheme would cause a loss of daylight to an existing home, citing NPPF guidance to take ‘a flexible approach’.

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