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07/06/2019

Appeals round-up: Parking need at disability centre is 'very special circumstances'; Loss of housing stock outweighs benefits of year-round Airbnb

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 1 June-7 June, 2019

Parking need at disability centre is 'very special circumstances'

An inspector has approved plans for 43 new parking spaces at a centre for disabled people in Surrey, concluding that "very special circumstances" existed that outweighed any harm to green belt openness.

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Loss of housing stock outweighs benefits of year-round Airbnb

An inspector has blocked the conversion of a Twickenham flat to use class C1, ruling that the benefits of a year-round short-term let were not enough to outweigh the harm caused by the loss of a residential unit.

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Costs awarded against council for ignoring HMO appeal precedents

Durham County Council must pay costs for refusing to allow an HMO despite evidence from other appeals demonstrating that a policy test justifying the scheme had been met, an inspector has ruled.

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New home would not harm grade-I listed religious paintings

An inspector has approved plans for a three-bedroom home in Hertfordshire, rejecting the council's argument that the scheme could damage a row of nearby medieval cottages containing rare religious wall paintings.

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Action against Camden flats quashed under 'four year rule'

An inspector has quashed enforcement action against four studio flats on Camden High Street after ruling that the unauthorised use had existed for at least four years, despite the appellant's 'surprising' failure to provide rent and utility bill records.

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Accessibility works at listed almshouses rejected

An inspector has turned down a plan to install dormers to the rear of a terrace of listed almshouses for elderly women in Wandsworth, which would have provided toilet facilities at the same level as bedrooms, citing heritage harm.

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Council must pay costs for refusing 147-home scheme

An inspector has ordered Warwick District Council to pay costs after it failed to demonstrate how plans it had refused for 147 homes on green belt land west of Warwick would have been harmful.

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