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Council U-turn on Lymington flats proposal
10:30am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
PLANS to redevelop part of a Hampshire conservation area have been approved – after council chiefs did a U-turn to avoid a huge bill.
Councillors initially rejected an application to convert two houses into flats in Belmore Lane, Lymington – then changed their mind minutes later after being warned of the potential consequences that could leave them with a big bill if they lost an appeal.
Planning officers reported a sharp rise in the number of applications being approved on appeal in a bid to stimulate the economy.
The authority recently lost an appeal and was ordered to pay £30,000 to cover costs.
The plan concerns a pair of 19th century cottages which are part of the Lymington Conservation Area.
A previous proposal to demolish the properties and build nine flats on the site was refused in 2010.
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