Barn conversions within the Yorkshire Dales National Park should be only for local occupancy and not short-term holiday lets, Askrigg parish councillor Allen Kirkbride told the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning committee this week.
Cllr Kirkbride, who is a parish council representative on the authority, said: “The Yorkshire Dales National Park is just full of holiday cottages and somehow within the new local plan we have got to try and make these barn conversions for local people only.”
The chairman of the planning committee, Julie Martin, commented: “Yes, I think we are all aware it’s something we need to reconsider.”
The committee was considering an application to convert Tom’s Barn at the eastern end of Appersett for a local occupancy dwelling or a holiday let.
Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council had objected because it only supports barn conversions if they are for local occupancy as it believes there are enough holiday lets in the area.
The planning officer informed the committee that the parish council’s objection was not sustainable.
He told the committee that approval had been given in July 2019 for the barn to be converted into a three-bedroom local occupancy dwelling or short-term holiday accommodation.
The latest application was necessary, he said, as the owners had proposed a number of changes to the original plans, including reducing the number of bedrooms to two.
This, he added, will allow the living and dining space at one end to be full height and so better retain the agricultural character of the interior.
Member Jim Munday said that the latest plans would make for a better conversion.
The majority of the members voted to approve the application.