Danby farm shop bid refused by councillors

AN APPLICATION to open a farm shop at Danby Lodge was refused by members of the North York Moors National Park planning committee despite a recommendation by planning officers that it should be approved.

The application was made by the Danby Moors Estate for the construction of a single storey building to be used for the shop in the walled garden of Keepers House, Danby Lodge next to the North York Moors Centre car park.

The proposal was for the erection of a new pre-fabricated timber building and 14 parking spaces in the walled garden which would be accessed through the Moors Centre car park.

The farm shop would sell fresh meat including poultry, vegetables, ready made meals, picnic hampers, jams, preserves, cheeses, cold meats, oils, bread, non alcoholic drinks, ice cream and locally produced arts, crafts, cookery ware and similar goods.

Two public meetings had been held earlier to discuss the proposal where strong local opposition to it had been expressed.

A petition had also been submitted showing considerable opposition and Danby Group parish councillors had also objected.

Members of the planning committee refused the application on the grounds that they were concerned the shop would undermine existing community facilities and that farm shops were expected to be ancillary to farms.

They were also concerned about pedestrian safety for people using the Moors Centre car park and they did not consider the proposed design and materials for the shop building were in keeping with the surroundings.