A Wensleydale farmer was refused permission to construct a new agricultural building even though the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning committee was told by a parish council chairman that there was no chance of finding a site nearby that didn’t flood.
The planning officer stated that as the farmer, Nigel Thornborrow, did not want to reduce the size of the proposed building at Throstle Nest Farm on the A684 near Aysgarth, he should locate it further away from the road.
Cllr John Dinsdale, chairman of Aysgarth and District Parish Council, Mr Thornborrow, Richmondshire District councillor Yvonne Peacock, and North Yorkshire County councillor John Blackie, all tried to explain to the committee that the farmhouse and buildings were on a hill surrounded by fields that flood regularly, as does the road.
Mr Thornborrow had applied to demolish two old farm buildings and replace them with one large one. This, Mr Thornborrow said, would house his farm machinery and also his livestock when a barn nearby flooded.
When shown a diagram of how much larger the building would be compared with those to be demolished many members agreed that it would be too close to the road and have a harmful impact upon the landscape.
North Yorkshire County councillor Richard Welsh commented: “I think it would stick out like a sore thumb”.
The parish council, however, had told the committee: “The current agricultural buildings [are] in an unattractive derelict and potentially dangerous state and need replacing urgently.
“The proposed replacement building is in line with the existing building and should cause no concern.
“The Council consider the proposed development to be a planning gain as it will improve the landscape visually and will assist with the development of a local family business.”
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