Inspector overturns national park ‘no’ to fire home plan

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A Government planning inspector has overturned a South Downs National Park Authority decision and given the go ahead for a fire damaged cottage at Danley Hill in Lynchmere to be demolished and rebuilt.

Plans were refused by national park planners despite being approved by Chichester District Council (CDC) in 2009. The year after the cottage was destroyed by fire, permission was given by CDC to rebuild, but work did not take place. In the meantime, the new national park authority took over planning responsibility.

Permission expired and Mrs Overli applied to have it renewed but was refused on the grounds the cottage would be bigger than ‘what could reasonably be expected to be ancillary to the main dwelling’.

But Inspector Stephen Hawkins said the proposed building would ‘substantially improve the current poor condition of the appeal site’.

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