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Appeals round-up: Unpredictable alpaca breeding justifies rural accommodation; New community pitches approved for Yeovil Town FC

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 18 December, 2017-5 January, 2018

Unpredictable alpaca breeding justifies rural accommodation

Plans for a rural worker’'s caravan to support a smallholding in Cambridgeshire have been approved despite its marginal viability, after an inspector agreed it would be conducive to animal welfare.

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New community pitches approved for Yeovil Town FC

Plans submitted by Yeovil Town FC to build two new pitches west of the town for community use have been approved, clearing the way for a future scheme to redevelop the club’s match-day stadium.

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Replacement home inappropriate in green belt owing to basement

A replacement home in Bromley would be inappropriate green belt development because its proposed basement would make it too large, an inspector has ruled, despite the basement being invisible from outside.

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Javid approves 2,025 homes despite flood threat

The communities secretary has approved 2,025 homes on former green belt land in Gloucester that was badly flooded in 2007, ruling that environmental concerns were ‘not insurmountable’ and could be mitigated through planning conditions.

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Javid approves conversion of listed police station to Muslim faith school

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has green-lit plans to convert a listed former police station in Hackney into a Muslim primary faith school, saying the scheme’s public benefits would outweigh the loss of some historic fabric.

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Inspector upholds £37,000 affordable housing contribution for partition scheme

Plans to extend and then divide a detached home in Elmbridge to create two semi-detached homes must include a financial contribution of £37,000 towards affordable housing, ruled an inspector, because of an 'acute need' in the area.

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Technical breach of policy 'no justification to withhold permission'

Plans to build 85 homes in Bedfordshire will go ahead, after an inspector ruled that the scheme would accord with the development plan 'when read as a whole', despite a 'technical breach' of the council's spatial policy.

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