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Keelham Farm submits new plan for farm shop in Skipton
11:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
Keelham Farm has resubmitted plans for a new farm shop in Skipton – seven months after its original scheme was given the go-ahead.
But instead of a new building on the site of the former Nicholas Smith’s garage on Gargrave Road, it now intends to convert the existing structures.
In February, it was given permission to build a £3 million farm shop and visitor centre on the site of the closed garage close to the Gargrave Road roundabout.
At the time, Craven planners said that the application was finely balanced, but went ahead and approved it, against the advice of a retail expert.
Since then, Keelham has discovered that ground work needed to prepare for the new building would send project costs soaring, so it submitted amended plans to Craven District Council based around the retention and refurbishment of the existing former garage.
An application was validated by the council this week and is expected to go to its planning committee before the end of the year.
If it is approved, Keelham says it will aim to start work in January next year and open in August.
Keelham, which now owns the site, says its agents, Rural Solutions, discovered that poor quality ground conditions meant it would need significant amounts of concrete, taking the scheme over budget by a long way.
“It has always been important to Keelham that it produces an eco-friendly building and the need for very significant amounts of concrete would have a negative environmental impact on the development.
“The result is a greener project, using stone and timber cladding, and a shorter build time which will keep the project on track. It also will be a far less disruptive build process as they no longer need to remove and bring to the site large amounts of waste and new ground material.”
The spokesman added the revised development would look largely the same, and with some additional benefits.
“We’ve also been able to make some other changes to enhance the scheme including soft landscaping and stepped visibility to the car park, enough photovoltaic panels for full renewable energy requirements and also the removal of the wind turbine which was the one element that people flagged up as a concern.”
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