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10/04/2017

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Planning appeals

A round-up of appeal decisions: 1 April-7 April, 2017

Javid approves 203 homes despite harm to listed buildings

Sajid Javid has approved a 203-home scheme near Newton Abbot in Devon after agreeing with an inspector's judgement that the benefit of more housing would outweigh harm to two listed buildings, despite a 'healthy' housing supply in the area.

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Bats and barn owls prompt split decision on listed farmhouse conversion

An inspector has issued a split decision on plans to convert two barns (one grade II listed) into residences, granting listed building consent after finding no visual harm to the barns, but withholding planning permission on ecological grounds.

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Animal sanctuary would represent ‘inappropriate green belt development’

Permission for the continued operation of a sanctuary for flightless birds and other animals has been refused, after an inspector ruled the development had been incrementally expanded and become harmful to the green belt.

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'Very small scale' lamb meat business still enables permitted development

Plans to use a former agricultural building in Halifax as a residence have been ruled permitted development after an inspector found the appellant's 'very small scale' selling of lamb meat still constituted a business operation.

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Barn conversion allowed despite numerous policy conflicts

Conversion of a redundant barn into a residence in the North Yorkshire countryside has been granted planning permission, despite an inspector finding conflict with various local and national policies.

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Cricket club 'not an essential service' for housing development

Outline permission for 118 homes in Cornwall has been refused, after an inspector ruled that although a cricket club and village hall would be within walking distance, residents would be reliant on cars to reach essential services such as shops.

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Additional uses for out of town gym would not harm town centre vitality

An inspector has approved plans for additional services including a beauty salon and physiotherapy centre at an out-of-town gym in Gloucestershire, despite local and national policy directing these developments towards town centres.

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Fewer parking spaces required for elderly residents

Plans to construct 48 flats for people aged 55 and older in St Albans have been allowed despite a shortfall in parking spaces, after an inspector upheld a local plan policy reducing parking requirements for older people.

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Benefits of telecom mast outweigh harm to conservation area

Proposals to install a 12.5 metre-high telecom mast in County Durham have been approved, after an inspector found the resulting harm to the nearby conservation area would be outweighed by social and economic benefits to the community.

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Solar park approved despite effect on AONB

Plans for a 5MW solar park within the Dorset AONB have been approved after an inspector found that any harm to the AONB would be acceptably mitigated.

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Digital advertising screen would harm listed building

Proposals to install a 12.5 metre-high telecom mast in County Durham have been approved, after an inspector found the resulting harm to the nearby conservation area would be outweighed by social and economic benefits to the community.

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