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Landscape conserved with barn decisions

Bainbridge, 11 December, 2018

Decisions made by Planning Committee today have helped to conserve the open, farmed landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, the Park Authority Chairman Carl Lis has said.

Members voted by to refuse applications to convert three barns near Appersett, Hawes and Grinton (R/56/491, R/56/490, R/03/132), because of the harm such conversions would do to the landscape.  

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Chairman and Planning Committee member, Carl Lis, said: ““I need to stress that we are permitting lots of barn conversions – 99 of them since 2015, against eight refusals – but they do need to be in the right locations.  

“To approve the applications would have led to landscape harm, in part because such developments would bring with them new tracks, car parking, lighting, overhead lines and the other facilities necessary for residential use.  

“Some Members made the argument that we should have approved the applications in order to help the applicants find an affordable home.  I think it is not a case of deciding between looking after the landscape and looking after local people.   The two must be taken together, as it is the fantastic landscape of the Park that provides the engine for the local economy."

He added:  “I can understand the disappointment of the applicants, but if they believe we have made the wrong decision they have recourse to appeal to an Independent Planning Inspector.”

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