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05/02/2016

Appeals round-up: St Just housing would adversely affect Cornwall beauty spot; Sand extraction allowed at remote Scottish island

A round-up of appeal decisions: 30 January-5 February, 2016

St Just housing would adversely affect Cornwall beauty spot

The Department for Communities and Local Government has rejected an appeal by Westcountry Land Ltd for the development of 18 dwellings in St Just, Truro, after finding that the scheme would adversely effect the scenic landscape of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Sand extraction allowed at remote Scottish island

Permission has been approved for a sand extraction operation on Vallay Island, an uninhabited tidal island off the coast of North Uist in Scotland.

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Lyme Regis historic chapel renovations approved

A series of repairs and renovations, and the change of use from storage to business, have been approved for the listed Peek Memorial Chapel in Lyme Regis.

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Housing scheme design deemed complementary to area

Permission has been granted for the demolition of existing buildings, change of use from storage to residential and erection of 31 dwellings in Thornton Heath, Surrey.

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DCLG rejects Upminster solar development

The Department for Communities and Local Government has rejected Green Switch Developments Ltd’s appeal to develop a solar farm in Upminster, Essex, after determining that it represented inappropriate development within the green belt.

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Hockey club development deemed appropriate for green belt

Permission has been granted for the development of an all-weather pitch plus a new clubhouse in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, after an inspector found that the outdoor sport and recreation opportunities offered by the proposal outweighed any perceived harm to the green belt.

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Hydrotherapy pool meets planning exception

Kisimul School, a specialist school providing residential care and education for children with “severe learning difficulties and very challenging behaviour” in Surbiton, Surrey, has been granted permission to erect a single-storey building including a hydrotherapy pool.

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Dunfermline housing makes ‘most efficient use of land’

Developer Campion Homes has been granted permission for the development of 61 houses in Dunfermline, Scotland, after a reporter ruled that the infill development would not unacceptably harm the privacy or amenity of existing neighbouring properties.

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DCLG rejects Penryn solar farm because of cumulative impact

The Department for Communities and Local Government has refused permission for a 4.5-hectare solar farm in Penryn, Cornwall, after deciding that the development’s potential cumulative impact with an adjacent solar farm would represent an unacceptable impact on the landscape.

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Sustainability of farm business ‘not proven’

An inspector has granted permission for the change of use of land to a mixed agricultural and equine use, but rejected an appeal for an animal shelter/storage building after deciding there was insufficient evidence on the farm’s viability to outweigh the visual harm to a local ‘green wedge’.

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