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22/06/2018

Appeals round-up: Writing hut’s ‘whimsical charm’ justifies green belt permission; 'Oversupply' of care homes halts Croydon scheme

Words: Matt Moody
Planning appeals

A round-up of planning appeals: 16 June-22 June, 2018

Writing hut’s ‘whimsical charm’ justifies green belt permission

A wooden hut designed to resemble a beech nut has been granted retrospective permission, after an inspector ruled that its ‘unique and quirky design’ amounted to very special circumstances.

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'Oversupply' of care homes halts Croydon scheme

An inspector has blocked an 18-bed special needs care home in south Croydon, agreeing with the council's approach that existing care homes should be adapted instead of new ones built.

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‘One-off’ permission not justified for affordable homes

An inspector has refused a 50 per cent affordable 60-home scheme on unallocated land in Worcestershire because allowing it contrary to the recently adopted development plan would ‘undermine confidence’ in the planning system.

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HMO with 8.2 sq m bedroom ruled ‘unreasonably small’

A plan to convert a terraced house in Northampton into a seven-bedroom house in multiple occupation has been turned down after an inspector decided that it would result in ‘cramped conditions’.

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601 homes approved on green belt land in North Lanarkshire

A reporter has approved 601 homes on green belt land in the lowlands of Scotland, ruling that the local housing shortfall should be addressed immediately rather than waiting two years for the adoption of a new local development plan.

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‘Premature’ 600-home Stirling green belt scheme refused

A recovered scheme for 600 homes on green belt land north of Stirling has been blocked, after the Scottish ministers agreed with a reporter that granting permission would prejudice the adoption of a new local development plan.

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39-home scheme allowed to ‘facilitate’ listed building restoration

An inspector has approved plans for 39 homes on green belt land near Guildford, Surrey, ruling that the scheme’s benefit of ‘facilitating’ the restoration of a listed farmhouse on the site amounted to very special circumstances.

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Council cites brownfield aspect of affordable housing WMS

An inspector has refused 10 flats in Reading for failing to make an affordable housing contribution, after the council asserted that the ministerial statement on affordable housing should not apply to schemes on private garden land.

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