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Linton Camp School in its twentieth century heyday Image courtesy YDNPA

Planning decisions aim to stimulate ‘green economic recovery’

Tuesday 6 October, 2020, by News Release

Planning Committee has today approved an innovative green scheme that will see a hotel with spa, gym, bar, restaurant and underground car park built on the site of a derelict Second World War camp for evacuees in Linton in Wharfedale.

Committee members heard that the plan, brought by the firm Natural Land, would provide a high-quality development and secure a significant level of employment and visitor spend in the local economy.

View of now derelict Linton Camp
View of derelict Linton Camp

The hotel scheme comes with the highest-possible sustainability credentials including a curved wildflower and grass roof emulating the curve of the land.

Trail Architects' view of new hotel at Linton Camp
Trail Architects’ view of new hotel at Linton Camp

Planning Committee also gave full planning permission for an agricultural diversification scheme at Gam Farm in Grassington for an open farm visitor attraction, an agricultural museum and a whisky distillery and ancillary tea-room.  The applicant Chris Wray told the committee that he ran the largest herd of northern dairy shorthorns in the country, as well as other rare breeds, and that the development would bring significant local employment opportunities.

The two approvals followed Planning Committee’s decision in August to support Craven District Council’s plan to create business units on the former Craven Limeworks site at Langcliffe Quarry near Settle.

Member Champion for Development Management at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Jim Munday, said: “I hope the decisions we’ve made on Linton Camp and Gam Farm, as well as Langcliffe Quarry, will help fuel a green economic recovery in Craven.  The design for the Linton Camp hotel is impressively innovative and sustainable and comes with a plan to create wet meadows, a wildlife pond and a purpose built barn for bats and barn owls.  The developments will provide careers that will attract younger, working age people to come to live in the National Park.

“It should be stressed that like Langcliffe Quarry, Linton Camp was first earmarked for a new economic use in the Local Plan in 2016.  They are both sensitive sites that required similarly sensitive development.  Extensive discussions took place with the applicant to refine and improve the application. It shows that the planning system we have is working well. I wish Natural Land every success with its scheme.”

Natural Land has said it anticipates there will be 40 full time roles at the new hotel.

Strategic Manager for Planning and Regeneration at Craven District Council, David Smurthwaite, said the council regarded the Linton Camp development as a ‘priority scheme’:

 “It has been our hope for many years that a positive economic use could be found for the former Linton Camp site, in particular one which will have an economic benefit across the wider southern Yorkshire Dales.  The redevelopment of the site is regarded as a priority scheme in the programme of work we are doing with the National Park Authority to try to attract younger, working age people.   Both sites will create more jobs within the National Park, so reducing the need for residents to travel to seek employment. 

“We are particularly pleased that the proposed hotel aims at higher value spending visitors as opposed to a mass tourism model.  This approach is reflected in the modest scale of the development that in turn allows it to fit in with the surrounding environment.”

The Planning Committee meeting can be seen in full here:

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Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


2 Replies to “Planning decisions aim to stimulate ‘green economic recovery’”

  1. Moira Espley says:

    On a negative note: the Gam Farm enterprise will surely increase traffic and air pollution in the area. How does the Council propose to deal with these? Where will the entry point/exit point to the site be as there are family houses nearby, some with concealed entrances. Does that mean locals will once again suffer from increased congestion?
    On a positive note: there’ll be an increase in economic growth / employment in the area.

    • Comms Team says:

      Dear Moira
      Thank you for your comment. The potential impact on Grassington’s highway network of the Gam Farm proposals was a key consideration for Planning Committee. The Committee heard that the highways authority, North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), had no objections to the proposal. NYCC said that based on a transport assessment and modelling, whilst they anticipated an increase in traffic on Main Street as a result of the development, they did not expect the increase to be significant. For full details you can read the Planning Officer’s report to the Committee (scroll down to the papers for the 6 October meeting) or listen in to the Planning Committee debate on the application by following the link in the article above.
      Yorkshire Dales National Park Communications team.

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