A HOUSE in Goathland is to be turned into a bed and breakfast after permission for the alterations was granted by the North York Moors National Park planning committee.
A garage is going to be demolished to make way for the application made by Richard Regis of Halmer Grange, Goathland.
The house was described as a substantial three storey dwelling on the edge of the village next to the church.
Mr Regis already used three of its six bedrooms for bed and breakfast accommodation but planning permission is not needed for that level of use. He also runs a holistic remedy service for his guests.
He proposed to provide bed and breakfast accommodation for six bedrooms and replace a garage with a three storey side extension to provide a lounge, owner’s bedroom with an en suite facility as well as a dressing room, en-suite bathroom and storage to serve the existing main bedroom on the second floor. Car parking space would be provided.
There were objections to the proposals from several neighbours who were concerned about the additional use of an unmade access track to the property but there was also support from other residents.
Planning officers, recommending approving the proposals said Goathland is one of the prime tourist villages in the national park attracting large numbers of visitors.
The applicants had been running bed and breakfast accommodation for 18 months with no complaints from neighbours or the Duchy of Lancaster, owner of the area used for parking.