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Yorkshire Dales ATV Centre wins go-ahead to open at Coniston Cold
8:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
An all-terrain vehicle business has been allowed to set up on a farm in Coniston Cold following a change to development rights.
Since the end of May, changes to planning regulations have meant agricultural buildings may be converted to a variety of business uses – provided the conversion is not substantial and does not have major traffic implications.
And the Yorkshire Dales ATV Centre has become the first in Craven to be given the go-ahead.
Owner Anthony Dickenson originally set up the business at Fogga Farm four years ago, but moved it to Barnoldswick under threat of enforcement action from Craven District Council.
Now, following the rule change, the council has allowed the conversion and Mr Dickenson has returned the business to the village.
His agent, Councillor Alan Sutcliffe, who as a member of the planning committee declared a personal, non-pecuniary interest and took no part in the committee decision, said the business would generate six jobs in the village.
“It originally started in the same building, but under legislation at the time was deemed to be illegal. To comply with enforcement action by Craven District Council, Mr Dickenson moved the operation to a site in Barnoldswick,” he said.
Coun Sutcliffe said changes to planning regulations was an attempt by the coalition Government to open up potential new revenue streams for farmers.
“There must be a lot of underused agricultural buildings out there with access to a road, that would present an attractive proposition to one of these uses,” he said.
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