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Appeals round-up: Student accommodation refused in Durham despite 'proven need'; Development plan outweighs extra care need despite growing shortfall

Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 12 September-18 September, 2017

Student accommodation refused in Durham despite 'proven need'

Plans for a 60-room student accommodation block in Durham have been blocked despite a 'proven need' for 4,000 extra rooms by 2020, after an inspector afforded the council's development plan more weight than the university's accommodation strategy.

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Development plan outweighs extra care need despite growing shortfall

An inspector has refused plans for a 42-bedroom extra care facility in Surrey despite a shortfall in care provision that is 'likely to increase', after ruling that the scheme's conflict with development plan policies carried more weight.

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Restoring illegal landfill site would ‘harm green belt openness’

Plans to restore a former illegal landfill site in the Merseyside green belt by importing 273,000 cubic metres of soil have been refused after an inspector decided that the new landform would harm the area’s visual openness.

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Benefits of 175-home scheme outweigh green gap harm

Plans to build 175 homes on a ‘green gap’ between the villages of Clacton-on-Sea and Little Clacton in Essex will go ahead after an inspector ruled that the benefits of addressing the housing shortfall in the area outweighed conflict with the local development plan.

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‘Unique, classically designed’ Croydon pub to be replaced with flats

An inspector has approved plans to demolish a ‘striking’ pub in South London and replace it with seven apartments and two houses, ruling that the scheme would ‘add interest to the street scene’.

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Javid blocks 705-home scheme over ‘deficient’ unilateral undertaking

Sajid Javid has refused permission for a mixed-use scheme including 705 residential units in south-west London, after ruling that ‘deficiencies’ in the unilateral undertaking would put the delivery of essential planning obligations at risk.

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Tilted balance not engaged despite housing shortfall, says Javid

Sajid Javid has refused permission for 212 homes on the site of a former munitions factory in Buckinghamshire, ruling that harm to green belt openness and the Chilterns AONB meant paragraph 14 of the NPPF was not engaged, despite a housing supply shortfall in the area.

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Final go-ahead for 1,280 homes in Perth

A1,280 home scheme on Perthshire land first mooted for housing more than 20 years ago has been granted final approval, after a planning obligation to secure a primary school and other facilities was completed.

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Pub's live music events blocked to accommodate flats

An inspector has approved plans to convert a Lambeth pub’s upper floors to flats, subject to a condition preventing the continuation of previously popular live music nights, ruling that the pub could still serve a ‘valued role’ for the community.

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