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Lancaster Appeal Thrown Out by Planning Inspector

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Lancaster City Council has defended an appeal against its decision to refuse planning permission for a new block of student accommodation.

AG Enterprises Limited was planning to develop student accommodation at a former bowling green and barn adjacent to the Bowerham Hotel. However, the application was refused planning permission due to concerns over its design, scale and height of the building, as well as the potential impact on nearby residents.

The applicant subsequently appealed the decision, which has now been dismissed by a planning inspector.

Sandra Thornberry, chair of the city council's Planning Regulatory Committee, said: "The city council always stands up for the rights of its residents when considering planning applications."

"It was clear that this particular proposal would have had a detrimental effect on the privacy of residents and on the local road network."

"There is always a risk that developers will successfully challenge an appeal and costs be awarded against the council. But we will always be prepared to explain and defend decisions that have been correctly made."

"The decision made by the planning inspectorate shows that our response to this proposal was fair and well-informed. We can be confident that our decision-making process protects key areas of the district and its residents."