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22/11/2019

Appeals round-up: Redevelopment of Art Deco building to benefit Hounslow; Downpatrick infill scheme

Words: Huw Morris
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 16 November-22 November, 2019

Mixed-use redevelopment of Art Deco building would benefit ‘bustling’ Hounslow road corridor

The demolition of warehouses and replacement with a five-storey, tiered building in Hounslow can go ahead after an inspector ruled that the proposal’s design did not harm the area’s character or heritage assets.

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Downpatrick infill scheme meets countryside development test

Outline planning permission has been granted to build a home in a small gap between properties in Downpatrick.

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Enforcement upheld on commercial vehicle parking at green belt home

An inspector has sustained Tandridge District Council’s enforcement notice forbidding an appellant from parking at least three commercial vehicles at his home. He ruled it would be a material change of use that undermines the green belt.

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Cornish caravan site extension refused for visual harm

Plans to extend a holiday village within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been rejected owing to the visual harm the scheme would cause.

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Enforcement notice upheld against airport car park at Iver golf club

An enforcement notice against an unauthorised airport car park at a golf club in Iver in Buckinghamshire has been upheld after an inspector ruled that it had encroached on the green belt and urbanised the countryside.

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Blackpool funfair ride denied permanent permission because of harm to seafront view

A log flume funfair ride next to Blackpool Pier granted temporary planning permission can not be made permanent after an inspector decided that it harms its setting and the seafront.

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Inspector admits policy dilemma in allowing Hillingdon flats conversion

Permission has been granted for the change of use of first-floor flats to a restaurant in West Drayton after an inspector acknowledged planning policies ‘pull in different directions’.

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Financial contribution to Edinburgh tram triggers hotel approval

Planning permission has been granted for the change of use of an office building to a hotel in Edinburgh after a contribution was secured to the city’s tramline.

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Brent student hall rejected over unsatisfactory living conditions

An appeal has been dismissed over the change of use of a Brent hotel to student accommodation because of the living conditions of occupiers.

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Affordable homes approved near Wrexham despite agricultural land loss

Planning permission has been granted to a housing association scheme of 23 affordable homes near Wrexham.

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Retirement homes rejected for stark contrast with nearby development
Plans for 24 retirement apartments in Leatherhead have been rejected for their impact on the character and appearance of the area and for being ‘manifestly at odds’ with nearby development.

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Parking concerns foil bid to shift Walton GP services to hospital

A plan to relocate GP services to a former ward of a community hospital has been rejected because of on-street parking and inconvenience to residents.

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Countryside loss and traffic concerns foil Mansfield outline homes plan

The refusal of outline planning permission for up to 240 homes near Mansfield has been upheld after an inspector found that the scheme would lead to irreversible loss of the countryside and harm the safety and flow of traffic.

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Heathrow service station scheme is judged appropriate infilling

A service station in the Metropolitan Green Belt near Heathrow Airport can demolish a car wash and develop a drive-thru coffee shop after an inspector decided it would be appropriate infilling.

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Additional floor on Hornsey block is compatible with conservation area

An appeal has been allowed for an additional floor to provide bedrooms at a mansion block in Hornsey, North London, for preserving the character and appearance of a conservation area.

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Inspector backs Swansea HMO over no harm to area or living conditions

A Swansea property can be turned into a house of multiple occupation (HMO) with a ground-floor extension after an inspector ruled that it would not harm the area or the living conditions of residents.

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Inspector spurns Herts redevelopment over green belt harm

The demolition of a Potters Bar junior and infants school to make way for up to 30 homes has been rejected for harming the green belt in a clash between a county and a district council.

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Woking telecommunications base is approved on established need

Prior approval has been granted for a telecommunications base station on the A320 into Woking after an inspector decided that there was a need for the scheme at the proposed site and it would not harm the area’s appearance.

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Anglesey agricultural conversion rejected for harm to countryside

Planning permission to convert three redundant agricultural buildings at a farm within the Anglesey Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been rejected because most of the scheme would be for residential use and fail to protect the countryside.

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Inspector makes split decision on solar panels at Henley church

An appeal has been partially allowed at a Henley-on-Thames church centre for the installation of solar panels in a split decision by an inspector.

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East Devon hotel plan would ease out-of-town shortfall in holiday accommodation

Planning permission has been granted for a hotel of up to 130 bedrooms at a caravan and camping site in Clyst St Mary after an inspector ruled in favour of the scheme’s significant economic benefits.

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Bedford backs rejection for education centre with multiple adverse impacts

A scheme to build a food and nutrition education and training centre for schools, teachers and NHS professionals at Kempston has been turned down because of its character and appearance, and its impact on heritage assets, highway safety and living conditions.

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