Amended plans submitted for Richmond Natural Retreats site

The Aislabeck Plantation holiday site in Richmond. Photo: Gordon Hatton.

Amended plans have been submitted for an expansion of Richmond’s Natural Retreats site.

Concerns were raised about the original application for the Aislabeck site which proposed 20 accommodation units near the existing main building on the holiday park off the town’s Hurgill Road.

Four lodges were also proposed with four bedrooms each.

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A public meeting was held in February when concerns were expressed about potentially contaminated water polluting nearby water courses from the foul drainage system on the site, the impact of weddings being held at the expanded site, surface water flooding on neighbouring land and the impact on the landscape.

The owners of the site have agreed on the amended plans that they will not use the main Sanctuary building for weddings.

The accommodation units have also been reduced to:

  • two semi-detached lodges with four accommodation units, each with two bedrooms
  • a two storey building near the Sanctuary building with three accommodation unites each with two bedrooms
  • a single storey block, proposed to be cantilevered out from the bankside below the Sanctuary Building, with four accommodation units each with two bedrooms.

The Sanctuary Building would also be extended and there would be landscaping on the site.

The amended plans will go before Richmondshire District Council planning committee on January 9.

Officers are recommending the scheme is approved.

To view the committee papers click here.