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08/03/2019

Appeals round-up: Retirement scheme’s affordable housing offer falls short by £1.2m; Former mineral extraction sandpit is greenfield land

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 2 March-8 March, 2019

Retirement scheme’s affordable housing offer falls short by £1.2m

In rejecting its plans for 33 ‘retirement living apartments’ in Chingford, an inspector has dismissed a developer’s contention that its offer of less than half the affordable housing contribution required by local policy was justified on viability grounds.

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Former mineral extraction sandpit is greenfield land

Revised plans for 16 holiday pods on green belt land in Staffordshire formerly used for mineral extraction would result in ‘development where there currently is none’, an inspector has ruled.

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Sunlight reflecting off porch's glazing would harm AONB

An inspector has rejected plans to add a porch to a converted former lambing shed near Salcombe, because sunlight reflecting off its windows could 'draw attention' to the isolated building.

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Extension to enclose outdoor seating would harm green belt

An Essex pub’s plans to consolidate a decking area used for outdoor seating and various outbuildings into a single-storey rear extension would be detrimental to green belt openness, an inspector has ruled.

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'Alien-like' Lambeth tower would harm view of Big Ben

Plans for a £6.6million 15-storey tower described by local residents as a 'horrific alien phallus' have been blocked, because the development would damage a protected view of the Palace of Westminster.

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‘Truly outstanding’ paragraph 79 home would not be isolated

An inspector has rejected plans for a home in the Mendip Hills AONB despite its ‘truly outstanding’ design, because it could not be considered ‘isolated’ under NPPF paragraph 79 in light of the Court of Appeal ‘Braintree judgment’.

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Enforcement notice upheld against 13 Cambridge ‘hybrid use’ flats

An inspector has upheld enforcement action against 13 flats in central Cambridge let as short-term holiday accommodation after finding that they were in ‘some sort of hybrid use’ between use classes C1 (hotel) and C3 (residential).

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Split decision on 315-home Ipswich scheme

An inspector has issued a split decision on plans for 315 homes on the edge of Ipswich, giving the go-ahead for 190 homes on the southern portion of the site.

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