Objections raised to plans for new builders merchant in Leyburn

The site of the proposed development. Photo: Google.

Local residents have raised objections to plans for a new builders merchant in Leyburn.

JT Atkinson, which has 30 branches around the region, wants to open a new outlet in the former coal depot near Leyburn Station.

The site would be next to the existing business, Myers Building Supplies.

The branch would create four full-time jobs, according to the plans submitted to Richmondshire District Council.

It would see the existing building modified and expanded.

More than 20 local residents have raised concerns about the plans.

The increase in traffic it would create on Harmby Road and the disturbance to local residents are among the issues mentioned.

Several residents also mention the impact it would have on nearby businesses, including Wensleydale Garden Centre, Taplin and Mageean  distillery, Wensleydale Railway and Myers.”

One Leyburn resident said: “The proposal is too close to the new estate, immediately to the north.

“The residents would experience a significant increase in both noise and air pollution, which would have a harmful affect upon their health, and, particularly for night shift workers, their sleep.”

Another added: “I feel that another builders merchant is not required in this location, particularly as there is one next door to the proposed site, and the application states that it will only generate four jobs.”

North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department has not raised any major objections, but has asked for some conditions on access, parking and vehicle movements to be attached should the application be approved.

For more details on the plans click here.