AN artist's impression of two of the homes Skipton Properties is to build on a former council site in Settle has been released after the company won permission to build on appeal.

Eight family homes form the development of the site on the former North Yorkshire County Council-owned depot in Kings Mill Lane.

The developers say the scheme will deliver 'an important urban regeneration scheme in the North Yorkshire town, which will include new flood defences to the River Ribble, directly reducing flood risk for existing homes in the area'.

Sarah Barraclough, managing director of Skipton Properties, said: “Kings Mill has an amazing location next to the River Ribble, and we immediately spotted the potential to transform this barren site into a beautiful community for families.

"What’s currently an eyesore will become a selection of expertly designed homes that feel like they’ve been there forever. Our skill is in making sure our homes fit seamlessly with the local area, fusing traditional and contemporary elements to maximum effect.”

The homes will incorporate natural stone and slate, dry stone walls, large-scale aluminium windows and bi-fold doors.

The developer is also incorporating traditional stoves.

The Kings Mill Residences development is currently in planning phase, with construction work due to start later this year.

Recently, costs were awarded against Craven District Council after an appeal for non-determination of the planning application for the site was upheld by a planning inspector.

Skipton Properties Ltd sought permission for the demolition of existing structures on the site and the development of the properties. The application was lodged on January 31 last year.

However, the application was not determined within the prescribed period or within an agreed extension of time period and the appellant exercised their right to appeal again the failure of the council.

Planning inspector, Beverley Wilders, said she allowed the appeal and planning permission was subsequently granted, subject to conditions relating to materials, landscaping, foul and surface water and drainage. Ms Wilders stated she felt the development would not affect the residential amenity.

The inspector also ordered the council to pay the partial costs of the appeal proceedings limited to those costs incurred in relation to the submission of late evidence. The amount to be agreed.