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Appeals round-up: Special circumstances unproven for green belt granny annexe; 56-home scheme ‘incompatible with industrial park’

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 23 February-2 March, 2018

Special circumstances unproven for green belt granny annexe

Plans for a detached granny annexe in the grounds of a farmhouse in the Nottingham green belt have been refused as the appellant failed to explain how extant plans for an annexe within the main house would ‘disrupt his family life’.

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56-home scheme ‘incompatible with industrial park'

Plans for 56 homes in County Durham have been blocked despite a housing shortfall in the area, after an inspector called the development ‘incompatible’ with a noisy industrial park nearby.

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13-storey student accommodation block allowed in conservation area

Plans to replace a former cinema with a 13-storey block of purpose built student accommodation can go ahead after an inspector decided that it would have a positive impact on the surrounding conservation area.

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43-home Aldershot regeneration scheme would harm heritage assets

Plans to create 43 new flats by extending a multistorey car park complex in Aldershot town centre have been blocked after an inspector ruled that the scale of the scheme would be detrimental to the adjacent conservation area.

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Javid approves 504 homes across seven applications in West Sussex

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has determined a number of housing applications to Mid Sussex District Council in light of its outdated local plan, granting permission for 504 homes and refusing a further 130.

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Javid allows sports pitch housing in revisited decision

Sajid Javid has approved plans for 142 homes on playing pitches leased to the University of Chester, after his predecessor Greg Clark’s 2016 decision to refuse permission primarily on flood risk grounds was quashed by the High Court.

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Temporary permission for South Downs gypsy site after eight-year legal battle

An inspector has granted temporary consent for a gypsy site in the South Downs National Park that was twice blocked by former secretary of state Eric Pickles, following a ‘failure of policy’ to support gypsy travellers.

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67 green belt log cabins allowed in Delamere Forest after Pickles refusal

An inspector has approved Forestry Commission plans for 67 holiday log cabins and other visitor facilities in Cheshire, after Eric Pickles deemed a similar scheme inappropriate green belt development in 2014.

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