Richard Alderson told the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority planning committee that he had lived in Swaledale and Wensleydale his entire life, but it became clear that he needed another source of income after his job ” has dried up completely ”due to the pandemic.
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He told the meeting at Grassington town hall that his business proposal for “understated luxury cabins” in Askrigg would help secure his future, allow his family to return to the area, preventing the village. ” to become a ghost town “.
Mr Alderson said he had identified a niche business opportunity that would create less noise and disruption than other holiday accommodation in the village, while attracting younger visitors to the Dales, which is one of the main objectives of the park authority.
However, the meeting learned that the proposal had raised alarm bells among many Askrigg residents, who feared the noise from the glamping site would impact their quality of life.
They said visitors accessing the site along the narrow lanes of the conservation area would exacerbate already significant road safety concerns in the area, a claim backed by North Yorkshire motorways officials.
Prominent classical composer and Askrigg resident David Blake said many of Mr Alderson’s claims were “insane”. He said the development was absolutely not in line with the conservation area.
The meeting was informed that the proposed site was “a very important part of the Askrigg Conservation Area” and that the glamping cabins would affect the view of the landscapes.
Askrigg’s authority member and farmer Allen Kirkbride said the proposal had sparked controversy in the village.
He said the business would help the local economy and help achieve the authority’s goal of bringing more people to the countryside.
Before the vast majority of the committee voting to deny the plan, Mr Kirkbride said the parish council had already received regular complaints about access to narrow Silver Street and emergency services may have difficulty in access the properties there, so the development was unacceptable on the project site.