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12/06/2017

Appeals round-up: Permission for Airbnb let could cause permanent loss of housing stock; Infill extension to 14th century cottage would harm ‘historic core’

Planning appeals

A round-up of appeal decisions: 5 June-9 June, 2017

Permission for Airbnb let could cause permanent loss of housing stock

An inspector has refused permission for a Hammersmith flat to be let for more than 90 days per year on Airbnb via a change of use to Class C3 (bed and breakfast accommodation), ruling that it could lead to the loss of permanent housing stock in the borough.

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Infill extension to 14th century cottage would harm ‘historic core’

An inspector has blocked plans for a small extension to a grade II* listed cottage in Dane End, Hertfordshire, ruling that the works would not respect the building’s original layout plan and would put its historic fabric at risk.

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Rural coach house conversion ‘not isolated’, gets go ahead

An inspector has granted permission to convert a former coach house into a home, ruling that it would not be ‘isolated’, which the NPPF stresses is a reason for refusal, and so would be sustainably located.

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Broader obligation preferred for split 28-home development

An inspector has ruled that two separate but adjoining housing schemes should be considered part of the same development, despite one having already been granted permission without planning obligation – thus requiring the appellant’s new Section 106 agreement to cover both schemes.

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Unclear daycare centre plan can’t justify employment land loss

An inspector has blocked plans to convert a workshop into a community daycare centre in Richmond-upon-Thames, ruling that the ambiguous proposal had not persuaded him to allow the loss of employment land in an area with a short supply.

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Convenience store can't replace pub’s social opportunities

An inspector has blocked plans to demolish an unprofitable pub and replace it with a convenience store, ruling that the pub had not been properly marketed, and its loss would be harmful to local people accustomed to meeting there.

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Dilapidated barn conversion would be ‘effective rebuild’

An inspector has blocked plans to convert a former agricultural barn near St Albans into two homes, ruling that its dilapidated condition meant extensive construction work would be required, resulting in an ‘effective rebuild’ rather than a true conversion.

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