Town councillors urged to oppose Leyburn hotel and country store plans

The site of the proposed development.

Leyburn town councillors have been urged to oppose plans for a hotel and country store on the edge of the town.

Around a dozen residents and local business owners spoke against the plans at a meeting of Leyburn Town Council, held on video conferencing app Zoom on Monday evening, with only one speaking in support of the scheme.

However, councillors who then gave their views were split on the scheme, with several saying they welcomed the application.

Plans have been submitted for a 40-room hotel, 158-cover restaurant and a large country store, including children’s play barn, on a field off Harmby Road, opposite Tennants Auctioneers.

Garden and farm supplies retailer Sam Turner and Sons and pubs with rooms chain Inn Collection have applied to Richmondshire District Council for consent for the scheme.

But residents told town councillors, who can pass comments on the scheme to the district council which must decide whether to approve the plans, that the development was unsuitable for the town.

They raised a number of concerned, including the impact on traffic levels, noise from the development, loss of a green field and the visual impact of the scheme as you approach Leyburn from the east along the A684.

Several residents were also worried about the impact on existing businesses in the town, although the meeting was told ‘competition’ was not regarded as a material consideration.

It was also suggested that Leyburn did not need more visitor accommodation.

Leyburn resident Elise Brown was one of several people who urged councillors to oppose the development.

She said: “I believe this development will have a detrimental impact upon residential and local amenity, permanently changing the character and appearance of Leyburn when entering from the east.

“It is clear from the store dimensions that the proposed building is of a scale far in excess of what is typical in Leyburn. With a footprint of over 29,000 square feet it is more than twice the size of the Co-Op.”

Another resident, Alan Jarvis, said: “There’s a lot of things wrong with the plans — too many things for me to mention them all.”

Another member of the public said: ” It doesn’t add anything new — it’s just more of what we’ve already got.”

Several councillors said they were in favour of the application including Sue Medley who said she believed the scheme would “benefit Leyburn”.

Cllr Mark Alderson said he believed the scheme would bring much-needed employment opportunities for young people in the town,

Cllr Mandy Spenceley said there were a number of issues with the current application, but she thought the development was an “opportunity” for the town.

The meeting heard that North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department had recommended the application should be refused in its present state due to issues over road safety, access and a lack of information in the transport assessment.

Other spoke out against the scheme including Cllr Trixie Walker, who said she agreed with the members of the public who opposed the scheme.

Council chairman Richard Sanderson declared an interest as the scheme would potentially affect his business.

He said he believed the hotel “would work”, but the application was not viable in its current form and the developers needed to go away and come back with a revised application.

Cllr Sanderson told the meeting Richmondshire District Council had assured him the application would not be dealt with during the current lockdown. [kofi]

2 Comments

  1. Who ever thinks it’s a good idea to let the planning though obviously isn’t in business them selves it will have an effect on house and home,Winstanley’s Sanderson’s and the hotels B&B,s and cafes in leyburn and the surrounding areas. This isn’t helping the independent traders it will take trade away from the market place

  2. Yes it will have an effect on the likes of House and Home Winstanley’s etc and about time too. Sam Turners have a far better selection and are far more competitive. Not to mention all the new jobs it will create.Bring it on !!!!

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