Plans to turn dilapidated former mill at Aysgarth Falls into visitor complex and housing

Yore Mill at the rear of the photo. Photo: Dr Neil Clifton.

Ambitious plans to turn a dilapidated former mill near Aysgarth Falls into a visitor complex and housing have been submitted.

The application is for the conversion of Yore Mill into three residential apartments and four holiday let apartments.

There will also be a bar and restaurant, bunk house, community room and retail outlet; bicycle store and wash down area, and the re-instatement of the hydro-electric turbine.

The former 19th century corn mill was most recently used as a carriage museum and bric-a-brac shop.

However, it has fallen into disrepair in recent years and the roof and windows, in particular, are in need of urgent repair.

The grade II listed building, which is owned by local resident Ann Kiely, is considered to be ‘at risk’ due to the disrepair.

The application has been submitted by Richmond developer David Peacock.

Documents submitted with the plans state that the redevelopment will be done sensitively and to make a positive contribution to the surrounding area.

Aysgarth and District Parish Council says it will support the application even though at its meeting last week councillors were concerned about parking and that the mill race leaks.

It was reported at the meeting that the proposal includes three parking spaces, but with none for those staying in the holiday lets or visiting the restaurant and bar. Parking for them will be at the YDNPA car park across the River Ure.

An Aysgarth councillor reported that the Himalayan Balsam growing in the mill race would have to be cleaned out.

He added that the mill race leaked and the turbine in the mill had been turned off so that the cottages on the west side adjacent to the river could dry out prior to being sold. “If the turbine is brought back into use they will flood again,” he said.

The councillors agreed, however, to support the application as it would improve and make safe a building they had reported as being in a dangerous condition. This, they said, would be a planning gain.

To view the plans in full click here.


  1. I can confirm that Dave Peacock has sensitively restored a property in Gilling West, which is a Conservation Village, resulting in an end product that not only satisfied the Planners, but produced a cottage far more in keeping with the environment than the original. He was also involved in the conversion of Swale House in Richmond, so please have no fears on the quality of workmanship.

  2. With regard to construction, David Peacock has just completed a sympathetic conversion of a property in the conservation village of Gilling West, that not only met the approval of the planners and residents, but ensured a finished article more in keeping with the environment.

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