Plans for Wensleydale hot tub glamping site rejected

Askrigg in Wensleydale. Photo: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

A life-long Yorkshire Dales’ resident’s controversial ambition to create a hot tub glamping cabins site in a conservation area that featured as a key location in the All Creatures Great And Small television series has been overwhelmingly rejected.

Richard Alderson told the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning committee he had lived in Swaledale and Wensleydale all his life, but it had become apparent he needed another income stream after his work “dried up completely” due to the pandemic.

He told the meeting at Grassington Town Hall his proposal for “luxury low-key cabins” venture in Askrigg would help secure his future, enable his family to move back into the area, stopping the village “from becoming a ghost town”.

Mr Alderson said he had identified a niche business opportunity that would create less noise and disturbance than other holiday accommodation in the village, while attracting younger visitors to the Dales, which is a leading aim of the park authority.

However, the meeting was told the proposal has sparked alarm among numerous Askrigg residents, who feared noise from the glamping site would impact on their quality of lives.

They said visitors accessing the site along the narrow lanes of the conservation area would exacerbate the already significant road safety issues in the area, a claim which North Yorkshire highways officers supported.

Leading classical composer and Askrigg resident David Blake said many of Mr Alderson’s claims were “nonsensical”.

He said the development was entirely out of keeping with the conservation area.

The meeting was told the proposed site was “a very important part of Askrigg conservation area” and the glamping cabins would affect views of the landscapes.

Authority member and Askrigg farmer Allen Kirkbride said the proposal had stirred controversy in the village.

He said the venture would help the local economy and help achieve the authority’s aim of bringing more people into the countryside.

Ahead of the vast majority of the committee voting to refuse the plan, Mr Kirkbride said the parish council already received regular complaints about the access to the narrow Silver Street and emergency services could struggle to access properties there, so the development was unacceptable on the proposed site.


  1. Yet again, another example of the YDNP not wanting to have a young dynamic community, and is more than happy to allow the population of its villages to become older and relying on pensions, where is the YDNP’s long term sustainable vision? This small scale niche enterprise, which only has a very limited impact on the landscape is turned down. Is this really what the National taxpayer wants the National Parks to do?

  2. Unfortunately if the local authorities don’t move with the times just a little bit the area will struggle and eventually decline.
    They say that it is hard to keep the young local residents in the area and that they have to move away for work.

    Saying NO all the time to sound business development ideas is not going to help. Yes there has to be some control but reading a lot of these reports NO seems to be a favourite word of the local authorities.

    Communities are struggling and always will do unless something changes with the authorities attitude.

  3. Typical of the Park!! their economic strategies are full of hollow words, such as, sustainability, attracting young people to the Dale’s to live and work, encouraging more businesses, start ups etc etc. Not sure how Askrigg residents have more say on views!! And traffic problems, access for emergency vehicles are common in nearly all Dale’s villages so what’s new? It’s funny how views, increased traffic and safety go out of the window when approving housing developments on the pretext of affordable homes!!! Get the MP involved!

  4. I am concerned about the retired NIMBY’s be aloud to dominate the future of such fragile community’s by trying to prevent young local people from carrying out sensitive small scale development’s.

  5. The Dales is set to be a huge retirement village for retiring people. The YDNPA needs to allow new business ideas as that will create jobs for the future. The need to embrace tourism not fight it.

    • This is a real shame. It would be been a terrific way to encourage younger holiday goers to visit the area and raise the appeal of staycations in a beautiful part of the world, rather than everyone defaulting to beach holidays abroad.

  6. Yet again the YDNP rejecting a small, sensible, well thought out and much needed new business venture in a secluded location. It beggars belief how they always seem to listen to “incomers” who object to anything new. Surely upmarket glamping pods will attract upmarket people who will spend their money in the local shops and pubs and other local attractions. Is this not what the area needs? They should be encouraging local people to start new businesses and therefore stay in the dale.

  7. As a young person living in the Dales, I am very concerned how are communities are going to thrive in the long term if the YDNP does not drive through this type of sensitive small scale appropriate development.
    They need to stand up to the retired NIMBYs if they want a sustainable vibrant community and rural economy in the future for the National Park.

  8. Why on earth has the YDNP rejected a sensible and timely proposal which will generate income, employment and future benefits to a community struggling to keep its young people from having to move out of the area to find work. I would be very happy to increase the likelihood of my future grandchildren being able to reside in the area and earn a living. Hi Maybe YDNP should follow the mantra of a well known successful supermarket …..every little helps!!!!

  9. Awful decision. There is a massive demand for the younger generations to holiday in the English countryside these days, but all that money is just going to be spent abroad instead with this attitude. Not helping rural communities at all.

  10. I don’t see the benefit of letting the NIMBYs win on this one. The Dales needs to attract young tourists and small projects like this seem like a great way to do it.

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