REDUNDANT farm buildings in Scarborough could be transformed into new holiday accommodation after planners gave a proposed development the green light.
The owners of Scalby Lodge Farm are hoping to build 20 holiday cottages and warden accommodation – 14 of which will be contained in converted farm buildings.
The plans were discussed by members of Scarborough Council’s Planning and Development Committee.
Mick Britton, from the council’s planning department, said that the buildings would be lit by rooflights, as well as external security lighting and it was similar to an existing development to the south of Filey.
He added: “We consider this to be a good development for the borough. It has a range of traditional agricultural buildings, predominantly barns.”
New buildings have been designed to match the traditional buildings at the site by using matching materials and are of a small domestic scale – except a large leisure building which has been designed to resemble a barn.
The site was described being in a sustainable location within close proximity to facilities in Scalby.
Cllr Dilys Cluer said that the report stated that the farm was “within walking distance from Scarborough”.
She said: “I just think that is misleading.”
She asked that she presumed the security lighting would be operated by sensors and not on throughout the night. “I presume this is sensor-controlled which only comes on when people are passing?”
Cllr Jane Mortimer, the committee chairman, said that she had a problem with the issue of lighting.
She added: “It needs to be looked at so we don’t have too much light pollution. It needs sensors so that even it is just a fox passing it will go out again.”
Mr Britton said he was sure that the plan included “sensory security lighting”.
Cllr Cluer questioned the amount of parking spaces for the development. She said: “There are 20 cottages and there are 40 parking spaces. I question that.”
But Mr Britton said that the parking was also needed by the large staffing requirement.
He added: “As well as cleaners there is a lot of admin.”
Cllr James Preston asked if the leisure facility would be open to members of the public but Mr Britton said that it was restricted to use by residents.
And Cllr Martin Smith said that he thought the scheme was sympathetic and had been “well thought out”. He added: “I am sure from a tourist point of view they will welcome it.”
The plan was given unanimous approval.