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Appeals round-up: Plans to convert long-vacant pub rejected again; Edinburgh Airbnb is a material change of use

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 30 May-5 June, 2020

Plans to convert long-vacant pub rejected again

An inspector has refused a second application for the residential conversion of a long-vacant pub in Herefordshire, despite four years of marketing and a prohibition order relating to its upper floor.

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Edinburgh Airbnb is a material change of use

A reporter has upheld enforcement action against the use of an Edinburgh flat for short-term holiday letting, ruling that 'frequent movement by guests' was beyond the level of activity expected from a residential use.

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Major land levelling works to create polo field ruled unacceptable

Plans to create a polo field and sand school in the Essex countryside that would require parts of the land to be raised by almost 10 metres would cause unacceptable harm, ruled an inspector.

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800-home scheme would 'compound a terrible mistake'

Plans to complete a lapsed redevelopment of Woolwich town centre that began in 2007 have been rejected by the housing secretary, after an inspector heavily criticised both the original masterplan and the new proposals.

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Jenrick approves major urban extension despite bat concerns

The housing secretary has approved controversial plans for a 1,200-home urban extension to Newton Abbot in Devon, despite the efforts of a local opposition group that won three seats on the area’s district council.

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771-home scheme would 'fail to set design benchmark'

The housing secretary has joined Sadiq Khan in rejecting plans for the first phase of the Charlton Riverside regeneration masterplan, citing the scheme's failure to 'promote a high quality of design'.

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Inspector sides with council over 'acoustic prison' homes

Plans for 41 affordable homes in Bridgend, south Wales have been blocked by an inspector, who agreed that sealing all of their windows to mitigate noise from a nearby industrial estate would be "oppressive".

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