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Appeals round-up: Wind turbine could increase pink-footed goose mortality rate; Islington Council calls for lower affordable housing threshold

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 19 January-26 January, 2018

Wind turbine could increase pink-footed goose mortality rate

An inspector has blocked plans for a 58 metre wind turbine near the Humber Estuary that could provide electricity for up to 131 homes per year, taking a 'precautionary approach' in light of nearby protected bird habitats.

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Islington Council calls for lower affordable housing threshold

By refusing plans for a basement extension in Holloway, North London, an inspector accepted Islington Borough Council’s argument that applying the ministerial statement on affordable housing would compromise its ability to meet targets.

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113-unit retirement community approved with no affordable housing

An assisted living community in Devon will go ahead with no affordable housing provision after an inspector decided that it should fall within use class C2 because of the extensive care and leisure facilities proposed.

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35ft-high tree houses would harm AONB

Plans for two rope bridge-linked tree houses to let as holiday accommodation in East Sussex have been rejected after an inspector found they would harm the ‘scenic beauty’ of the High Weald AONB.

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House ‘directly opposite’ Brighton University cannot be shared by students

Plans to convert a house close to Brighton University into an HMO have been blocked despite its attractive and convenient location for students, because of local policy that seeks to prevent over-concentration.

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480-home urban extension will not harm Grantham’s heritage assets

An inspector has approved a ‘sustainable urban extension’ in Lincolnshire comprising 480 homes, a school and neighbourhood centre, after finding that South Kesteven District Council had behaved unreasonably in refusing the scheme.

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Appellant must pay full costs for four unreasonable appeals

An appellant who pursued four appeals over a rural dwelling dispute using the same evidence he had used at a previous inquiry to argue the opposite case must pay full costs to Forest Heath District Council.

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‘Polarising’ redevelopment of Guildford train station approved

An inspector has approved controversial plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of Guildford’s train station that will include 438 apartments, ruling that the ‘dominance’ of the town's nearby hilltop cathedral would be preserved.

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Inspector saves valued seaside café from demolition

An inspector has refused plans to demolish a popular former café in Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon, and replace it with houses despite the area’s severe housing shortage, ruling that ‘sustainable development is not simply about housing supply’.

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