A BABY boom in Robin Hood’s Bay prompted members of a committee running a pre-school nursery to apply for permission to the North York Moors National Park planning committee to extend the premises.
Spokesman for the nursery Samantha Glaysher said: “There has been an obvious baby boom in the parish over the last three years.”
The nursery, a charity run by volunteers, is held in St Stephen’s Church Rooms in Thorpe Lane and Mrs Glaysher said they wanted to add a single storey lean-to extension to the building.
It would be constructed from sandstone and pantiles to match the original structure.
She told planning officers that it is aimed at serving existing families in the catchment area and not to accommodate families from further afield.
She said: “We are restricted by Ofstead as to how many children we can be registered for by the amount of floorspace we have but recently there has been substantial new build project in Fylingthorpe that has housed many young families.”
There were objections to the proposal from the occupants of a large Grade Two neighbouring house who claimed that the extension would cause a loss of light to their driveway and their rooms that faced the Church Rooms.
It would affect their kitchen and breakfast room and would mean they would have to keep their lights on during the day.
In recommending approving the application planning officers said that the extension was acceptable and accorded with local and national planning policies.
It would have minimal impact on the residential amenity pf neighbouring properties.