Planning refused

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AN APPLICATION to convert a redundant timber workshop to a holiday cottage at a farm in Goathland was refused by members of the North York Moors National Park planning committee.

The application was made by Mr and Mrs Carr of Orchard Farm, Goathland.

There were objections to the proposal from neighbours who said that if the plan went ahead they would suffer a loss of privacy and disruption from noise.

They were also concerned about it causing an increase of vehicles the area which they claimed was very restricted.

Goathland parish council members also objected on the grounds that if the conversion were allowed it would set a precedent for other residents in the village who also had buildings that could be similarly converted into holiday cottages.

They also agreed with the neighbours who objected because of a loss of privacy.

A site visit was made by members of the planning committee before they made their decision.

Planning officers told them that a successful holiday cottage business was already in operation at the farm and if the conversion of the workshop went ahead it would enable the owners to expand their business.

But committee members refused the plan on the grounds that it would have a detrimental impact on the residential amenity of neighbouring properties due to noise and activity in the garden area arising from a succession of different occupiers.

An application to convert a redundant barn to a cottage was given permission because it was within the farmyard and away from neighbouring properties.

The officers also said that the proposed conversion was of a good design and was compatible with surrounding buildings.