A PLANNING inspector has over-ruled a decision of Craven District Council and given the go-ahead to the building of 98 homes off Aldersley Avenue in Skipton.

Persimmon Homes appealed to the Planning Inspectorate after the council refused its application in October last year.

In the decision notice, published today on the Planning Inspectorate website, the inspector says the site is identified in the Craven Local Plan as suitable for residential development and is 'sustainably located, with good access to the facilities and services that Skipton has to offer'.

"The proposal would provide a significant boost to the council's housing requirements and would generate a substantial economic benefit through the development of the site and through the expenditure of future occupants in the local area," said the inspector.