BARNS at a farm near Whitby are to be converted into a local occupancy house and four holiday cottages following planning permission given by North York Moors National Park.
The planning application for the conversion was made by Paul Swales of The Granary, Bannial Flat Farm , Guisborough Road, Whitby.
There was concern about the plan from an environmental health officer who said that the escape route from two of the cottages passed through the kitchen, considered a high risk room in terms of fire safety.
The officer said that their ground floor plan should be amended to avoid the risk.
There was also an objection from a nearby resident who said that insufficient ground area had been assigned for parking and she was concerned that vehicles may be parked on the shared narrow access driveway.
She pointed out that she had a right of way across the access that she used every day.
As a result, Mr Swales had a discussion with the rights of way officer about applying for a temporary closure order to divert the access path slightly while the construction work was underway.
The original planning application had no provision for storage for the house and cottages so a three bay timber clad building will be erected to provide a log and fuel store, a multi purpose store area and a bin store.