Holiday cottage for former mill

AN ANNEXE at a former mill in Egton Bridge is to be used as a holiday cottage following permission granted by the North York Moors National Park planning committee, despite objections from a number of residents in the village.

The applicant David Simons of The Old Mill, Egton Bridge also wanted to construct vehicle access to the annexe and erect a timber shed.

The objectors, including parish councillors, were concerned about parking problems and road safety if the plan went ahead.

Egton Mill, formerly known as Mill Flats, was described as a large building in a prominent location in the village conservation area.

Its planning history dated from 1949 when permission was given to convert it into homes for three estate workers.

Planning officers, recommending approving a variation of a condition from a previous planning recommendation allowing the annexe to be used as a holiday cottage, said there was an informal parking area between the proposed driveway and the highway.

Local residents who have parked there over a number of years claimed that as a result a right of use on it was established.

The officers also pointed out that the proposed standard domestic shed would not be visible from any open space in the conservation area.