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The Planning Inspectorate recently confirmed (16th September 2016) that we had successfully appealed two more refusal decisions. In the first of those decisions, Mr & Mrs Crowther secured planning permission for the erection of six open market and two affordable dwellings, plus a large new area of public open space on land to the south of Grade II* listed Sunte House, on the northern edge of Hayward Heath, in Sussex. Despite the support at application stage of Historic England and the substantial lack of a five-year housing land supply, Mid Sussex District Council nevertheless decided to refuse planning permission in December 2015. Inspector Kenneth Stone not only allowed the appeal and granted planning permission but he also accepted our case that the District Council had acted unreasonably in resolving to refuse planning permission on listed building heritage grounds when Historic England had been supportive. He agreed with our contention that the proposals would in fact represent an enhancement in heritage terms, through restoration of a long abandoned nineteenth Century driveway to Sunte House and the creation of a large new area of landscaped public open space, with new footpaths and local drainage enhancements. He agreed that the proposed new area of open space would ensure preservation of open views south from the listed House and provide an amenity area from which the heritage asset could be better appreciated in public views. The Inspector therefore determined that the appellants' costs in fighting the appeal on listed building setting terms should be reimbursed by Mid Susses District Council. A full copy of the Planning Inspectorate appeal decisions can be found on the Inspectorate's and District Council's websites under appeal Ref: APP/D3830/W/16/3146504.

The second successful appeal decision delivered on 16th September 2016 was a decision in favour of Mr & Mrs Bourne, of Bellingdon, near Chesham. In that instance, Inspector Bowker agreed with us that contrary to Chiltern District Council's assertion, the formation of a new horse training manege on an equestrian paddock in the Chilterns AONB and Metropolitan Green Belt would not cause harm on the openness of the area - Appeal Ref: APP/X0415/W/16/3151403.

The Planning Inspectorate had previously awarded favourable appeal decisions to AB Planning & Development in relation to refusal decisions issued by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC Ref: 14/01179/APP) and by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council (RBBC Ref: 14/00701/F). We secured consent first for a new 3-bed infill dwelling in the village of Granborough, in Buckinghamshire for JR Baughan Limited (PINS Ref: APP/J0405/A/14/2223586) which will sit opposite a Grade II* listed church and alongside a Grade II listed thatched cottage; and secondly consent for a block of seven apartments on a redevelopment plot in a conservation area at Walton-on-the-Hill, near Tadworth in Surrey for Cala Homes (South Home Counties) Limited (PINS Ref: APP/L3625/A/14/2226095). Unfortunately, and despite the successful appeal decision on behalf of Cala Homes, a similar proposal for another apartment block redevelopment on behalf of Ashgrove Homes in the neighbouring street of Egmont Park Road was dismissed at appeal in August 2016 (Ref: APP/L3625/W/16/3149091).

Previously, contrary to an Officer recommendation of refusal but having listened to our supporting case, Croydon Borough Council's Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission (Croydon BC Ref: 14/04609/P) for a block of four 3-bed luxury apartments on part of a former School site at Woodcote Lane, in Purley, Surrey.

Outline planning permission has recently been granted by Aylesbury Vale District Council for the erection of six new homes for Cass Properties UK Ltd on a site on the south-western edge of Bletchley, near Milton Keynes (AVDC Ref: 15/02101/AOP). Full planning permission has also recently been secured from the same Council for a new dwelling house in the village of Weston Turville, near Aylesbury AVDC Ref: 16/00214/FUL).

Three planning permissions have recently been secured from South Oxfordshire District Council for two new infill dwellings at Kingwood Common and one at Stoke Row, all near Henley-on-Thames (SODC Refs: P15/S1207/FUL P15/S3073/FUL & P15/S3932/FUL).

At Hornchurch, in Essex, planning permission was recently secured from the London Borough of Havering Council for a new infill dwelling at Emerson Park, on behalf of Ilford & Dagenham Properties (LBH Ref: P0305.16).

We are currently appealing a refusal decision by Cherwell District Council on behalf of S & S Motors, at Arncott near Bicester for a site redevelopment of nine new dwellings (CDC Ref: 15/02353/OUT). We are also appealing a refusal decision by Mid Sussex District Council for a residential development of eight new dwellings on the northern edge of Haywards Heath in Sussex, beside the Grade II* listed properties of Sunte House and Wickham Farmhouse (MSDC Ref: DM/14/4862). Another appeal involves a proposed redevelopment of a site in Walton-on-the-Hill in Surrey with  a block of seven apartments on behalf of Ashridge Homes ( Reigate and Banstead Borough Council Ref: 16/00230/F).

In West Oxfordshire, we are to appear as a Rule 6 objector on behalf of the Burford Shilton Road Residents Association, supporting West Oxfordshire District Council's refusal of a proposal by Hallam Land Management to construct 91 market dwellings, a 90-bed Care Home and 46 affordable dwellings on a greenfield site on the edge of Burford (WODC Ref: 15/00166/OUT).

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