A dilapidated Grade II listed mill by the River Ure at one of the National Park’s most renowned beauty spots, Aysgarth Falls, is to be converted and restored.
Planning Committee on Tuesday granted permission for the conversion of Yore Mill into nine apartments with a visitor centre and commercial unit, with a reinstated hydro-electric turbine.
Currently the building, which was operated as a carriage museum for 34 years until 2003, is unsafe to enter and the roof is falling in.
The Highways Authority objected to the application on grounds of lack of parking and highway safety. Planning Committee decided that these concerns had been addressed in the past month by the applicant entering into an agreement with the National Park Authority to use the nearby National Park Centre car park.
Speaking at the meeting, the applicant’s agent, Timothy Crawshaw, thanked Members for deferring consideration of the application by a month.
“We thank officers for working hard with us come up with a solution. We’ve had positive and productive discussions. The building is at risk and is a very, very important architectural and cultural asset. The development will add to the vibrancy of the village. Another winter of the building in limbo would be potentially very harmful and the applicant is keen to implement the scheme.”
National Park Authority Chairman Carl Lis said: “Thank goodness we’ve got there. Can I take this opportunity to thank our officers for sheer doggedness and determination in working with the applicant to find a viable solution.”
Member Robert Heseltine told the meeting: “The whole complex is an absolutely magnificent industrial gem and the cultural heritage of that has to be preserved.”