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Statement regarding Captain Tom Foundation Building appeal dismissal

Tuesday, 7 November 2023

On 7 November 2023, the Planning Inspectorate published its decision in relation to an appeal regarding a planning application for what was referred to as the Captain Tom Foundation Building.

The appeal against our decision to refuse planning permission was dismissed.

Councillor Mary Walsh, our Executive Member for Planning and Development, said:

Naturally, we are pleased that the Planning Inspector has dismissed this appeal and upheld the council’s requirement that the building is demolished. We have a duty to protect the appearance and setting of heritage assets such as the Old Rectory and our decision making is guided by national and local policies. In this case, the Inspector agreed with the council that the proposed use of the building was not justified and that, by virtue of its size and appearance, caused sufficient harm to warrant its removal. 

We will always take robust enforcement action when it is appropriate to do so. Our next steps are to monitor compliance with the enforcement notice and expect the building to be demolished within three months, as set out in the Inspector’s decision.

View the full decision notice on the Planning Inspectorate's website.