Tearoom plans for Robin Hood’s Bay shop

A shop in Robin Hood’s Bay is now going to be converted into a tea room.

The application was made by Dale Price, of St Peters Road, Whitby for Gilroyd House, New Road, Robin Hood’s Bay.

There was an objection from the proprietor of tearooms in Robin Hood’s Bay who said there were already many tearooms in the village and most of them were struggling financially with falling turnover that could only get worse in the current economic climate.

But planning officers at North Yorkshire Moors National Park pointed out that although they understood the concerns, competition among businesses was not a planning consideration.

There was also an objection from a resident concerned about traffic danger to customers coming out of the proposed café at a point where the road is at its narrowest and there is no pavement.

Officers said that although they noted the concerns they were aware that as the premises are already able to be operated as a shop they considered a change of use to a tearoom would only generate a similar number of customers and be no greater hazard.