Workshop extension to be converted into a house

AN extension to a workshop in Low Laithes will enable it to be converted into a house for a local resident, members of the North York Moors National Park planning committee decided.

They approved a proposal by Stuart Waller of Paddock Workshop, Hawsker Lane in Low Laithes to extend the building and use it as a local occupancy dwelling.

The building was described as small, built of stone and fronting onto the road.

Following the conversion it would have three bedrooms, a bathroom and an open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge. The proposal was supported by Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre parish councillors.

Planning officers said Mr Waller’s family had owned the building since the 1920s and since then it had been used as a base for their agricultural contracting business.

They pointed out that the conversion would be to a privately owned dwelling relating to the existing business and would not be for letting.

In recommending approving the proposal they considered that the alterations would be sympathetic to the character of the simple, single storey building and would not have a detrimental impact on the area.