Too many holiday lets claims parish council

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HOLIDAY letting has reached saturation point in this area, claimed members of Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre Parish Council.

They objected to an application to extend and alter two barns in Hawsker for holiday letting and said the barns should be converted instead to residential accommodation.

Despite their objections members of the North York Moors National Park planning committee approved the application, made by Tim Cole of Saxon Road, Whitby.

The barns were described as traditional stone and pantile buildings but were not listed. They were situated in an isolated location on a bridleway leading to the former Whitby foghorn station, now a private house, and the light house.

Planning permission was refused earlier this year to convert the larger barn to a two bedroom house for an applicant who wanted to help his elderly uncle with land at Hawsker and High Laith where he kept a beef herd of 150 calves.

His application was refused on the grounds that he was not an essential agricultural worked as required under national park policy rules.

The present application was aimed at increasing Mr Cole’s income and he said he intended managing the holiday cottages from his home in Whitby.

Approval was recommended by planning officers on the grounds that the conversions would maintain the buildings’ character and they would be managed locally.