ARC News Service report on decisions made at the December 2011 meeting of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority‘s planning committee concerning applications involving Townhead barn at Austwick , the Cavendish Pavilion at Bolton Abbey , additional accommodation at Fountaine Inn at Linton, , changes to the conditions affecting touring caravans at Swaleview caravan park in Swaledale and an application for a new house in Reeth plus enforcement notices at Kettlewell and Malham.
Austwick – A decision about the proposed conversion of Townhead Barn into a 24-bed bunk barn was referred back to the December meeting because in November the majority of members had voted against the officer’s recommendation that the application should be refused. Peter Charlesworth said that the parish council (which had continued to strongly object to the application) should be supported . He added that he did not feel the applicant had produced a sufficient management scheme as it did not provide for a resident manager. N Yorks County Coun Richard Welch, however, argued that as the building was on the Pennine Bridleway it was ideal for a bunk barn. This time seven members voted to refuse the application, with six wanting to see it go ahead.
Bolton Abbey – Courting rituals and a touch of a “Passage to India” brought some light relief to a long day when members discussed the proposed changes to the Cavendish Pavilion at Bolton Abbey and the temporary use of the gatehouse as a café while those alterations were being made. Craven Dt Coun John Roberts described the pavilion as an iconic building to which he had regularly walked his future wife when they were courting. There was laughter when N Yorks County Coun Roger Harrison-Topham said that the pavilion had powerful echoes of the British Raj. Such a building, he inferred, should be dark inside and have fans to cool customers down. There is little natural light inside the Pavilion at present and the application includes the replacement of half of the windows along the front with glazed panels. After an objection from the parish council the plans were amended to retain the black timber uprights. As the building had been substantially changed since it was built in 1898 the members accepted the officer’s recommendation to approve what were described as relatively modest alterations to the Pavilion.
Linton – The agent for the Fountaine Inn at Linton told members that it was understandable that they had turned down an application to convert the barn behind the inn into hotel rooms. The Planning Inspectorate had, however, only dismissed the appeal because there wasn’t a S106 agreement to tie the barn to the inn. The planning committee had agreed with the parish council and residents that the development would cause car parking and access problems in Linton. This, however, could no longer be the basis for refusal following the decision of the planning inspector. The new application was approved subject to a S106 agreement to tie the barn to the inn, to restrict the accommodation to just bedrooms with en suites and to control signage.
Threshfield – The committee very quickly approved the application for a new fire station and drill tower at the former council yard in Threshfield. Richmondshire Dt Coun Malcolm Gardner commented about the old fire station that he was surprised that the retained firefighters had been willing to use such a shambles of a shack for so long. This did not meet health and safety requirements nor did it provide the necessary facilities. Threshfield parish council had asked if the height of the new building could be reduced. The planning officer reported that following negotiations the roof height had been reduced but this had to be dictated by the need to house and maintain a fire appliance.
Kettlewell – Members agreed with officers that an enforcement notice should be issued to ensure that no scrap metal items were left for collection on the land opposite the water works at Kettlewell. The members also want the hard standing removed and the verge re-instated. Yorkshire Water could apply to use the verge on a temporary basis whenever necessary.
Malham – Approval was given for formal enforcement action to be taken to stop the use of Prior Hall at Malham being used as two separate dwellings.
Caravan site in Swaledale – I must have heard that wrong. Did the planning officer say that the touring caravans would be located in the “red light area”? Almost certainly not as he then pointed to the red line outlining the area. David Thompson, on his debut performance at the planning committee was explaining that the owners of Swaleview Caravan Park wanted two conditions removed from a planning permission so as to allow seasonal use of all 30 touring caravan pitches. Like Hudswell parish council and the CPRE in Swaledale, N Yorks County Coun John Blackie and other members were particularly concerned that if there were not sufficient safeguards the short-stay touring pitches could be lost. It was therefore agreed that some of the conditions should be supported with S106 agreements to ensure that caravans on the touring pitches would not become residential accommodation.
Reeth – It was agreed that there should be a site meeting at Mill Hill in Reeth at 11am on Friday, January 20. The planning application is for one house with integral garage and one separate double garage to be built on garden land.