Plans given goahead for Old Coastguard Lookout

A PLAN to convert the Old Coastguard Lookout in Robin Hood’s Bay to a studio dwelling was approved by the North York Moors National Park planning committee despite objections from nearby residents.

Fylingdales parish councillors did not object but said they would prefer the building to be restricted to local occupancy.

Objectors said the building is prominent in the area and an extension to it would look ridiculous. They also claimed access to the building and parking space were inadequate.

The application was made by Sally Shaw of Robin Hood’s Bay and the proposed extension was designed to provide a kitchen and bathroom facilities while the existing lookout area would be a bed-sitting room.

The extension would be narrower and lower than the main building and would be clad with horizontal timber boarding with a slate roof.

The North York Moors Authority’s building conservation officer said the building should be regarded as a non-designated heritage asset and there would be significant heritage benefits from finding an appropriate beneficial re-use that would be likely to result in its proper repair and maintenance.