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Appeals round-up: Split decision on Edinburgh Airbnb flats in same building; Family disagreement does not justify farm worker’s log cabin

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 3 November-9 November 2018

Split decision on Edinburgh Airbnb flats in same building

An inspector has issued a split decision on the proposed change of use of two flats in the same central Edinburgh building for short-term holiday letting, citing the private street-level access of one of the flats.

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Family disagreement does not justify farm worker’s log cabin

A log cabin for use as a rural worker’s dwelling on a Leicestershire farm was refused because a farmhouse occupied by the appellant’s mother already exists on the site, despite her refusal to move out or share the house with her son and his family.

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Annex to listed Georgian home would cause ‘tense juxtaposition’

Plans to add a two-storey annex and zinc-clad link structure to a listed 18th century home near Stamford have been refused after an inspector called the ‘poorly conceived’ scheme ‘contrived and somewhat pastiche’.

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Extension to dog rescue centre inappropriate in green belt

An inspector has refused retrospective permission for an extension to a dog rescue centre in Hertfordshire, despite acknowledging that it would be ‘costly and disruptive’ to a ‘valuable’ business.

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Zero-carbon credentials outweigh spatial plan

Plans for a four-bedroom, zero-carbon home in the Nottinghamshire countryside can go ahead after an inspector afforded decisive weight to the house’s energy efficiency.

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Brokenshire overrules inspector to refuse 225 homes on Hoo Peninsula

The housing secretary has refused permission for a major housing scheme in Kent against the advice of his inspector, citing the scheme’s failure to ‘offer a genuine choice of transport modes’.

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Estate developer told to remove unauthorised mound

A ‘substantial' grass-covered mound constructed by Bellway Homes on land reserved for public open space must be removed, ruled an inspector, because its steep sides have made the area inaccessible to disabled people.

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Council ‘failed hopelessly’ in refusing mental health unit

Wrexham County Council must pay costs for refusing a 54-bed mental health treatment unit, based on ‘perceptions of risk’ associated with ‘low-security’ mental health facilities that it did not substantiate.

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Housing scheme upgrade allowed in Aberdeenshire

An inspector has approved plans for 142 homes in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, superseding an extant permission for 109 homes on the site that already met its 'indicative capacity' as set out in the local development plan.

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