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Appeals round-up: Private osteopath clinic is a community facility; 'Dual use' cabin with zip wire platform harmful to AONB

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 23 November-29 November, 2019

Private osteopath clinic is a community facility, rules inspector

An inspector has quashed enforcement action against an unauthorised private osteopath clinic in a house in Southampton, ruling that the clinic was a ‘community facility’ and so did not contradict local housing retention policy.

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'Dual use' cabin with zip wire platform harmful to AONB

A timber cabin in the High Weald AONB ostensibily built to enable woodland management work was in 'dual use', an inspector has ruled, citing the cabin's domestic furnishings and the recreational zip wire and platform outside.

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Solar power for country house would harm national park

Plans for a solar array that would meet most of the electricity demand of a grade II listed country house in the South Downs National Park have been rejected, after an inspector found unacceptable harm to the surrounding landscape.

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‘Intimate’ recollections outweigh aerial photographs at inquiry

An inspector has quashed enforcement action alleging that a building in the Kent countryside was built recently without permission, after a witness’s account of his ‘childish antics’ in the building persuaded her that it had stood on the site since the 1970s.

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Champion showjumper’s private indoor arena refused in green belt

An inspector has rejected a three-time British Open champion showjumper’s plans to build a private indoor arena in Surrey, citing harm to the green belt that was not outweighed by personal circumstances.

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'Idiosyncratic' Keswick observatory tower would cause heritage harm

An inspector has blocked plans to add an observatory tower to a grade II listed house in Keswick that would afford 'unrivalled views' of the Lake District, despite agreeing that the design was 'deliberate, bold and idiosyncratic'.

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NPPF green belt exceptions list 'not exhaustive', rules inspector

The owner of a property in the West Midlands Green Belt has been allowed to extend his garden into an adjacent field, after an inspector ruled that the list of changes of use under NPPF paragraph 146(e) was 'not exhaustive'.

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