THE go-ahead has been given to relocate allotments and build a two-storey house in Cross Hall Lane, Clapham.

The site is an irregular shaped parcel of land which fronts onto Cross Haw Lane and Old Road, on the edge of the village.

The proposal, which had been recommended for approval, was to relocate the current allotments from the east3rn end of the site to the western end, and replace the former with a two storey house with an attached garage, adjacent to the south-west corner of the neighbouring property.

The application was for outline approval with reserved matters - except access - to come back to committee for future approval.

The parish council had lodged an objection saying the village did not need more large houses. They said nine four-bed houses had been built and only one had so far been sold.

Instead they said more affordable housing was required for local young people.

Some members of the planning committee queried the need for the development site to be so large while Cllr Richard Welch regarded it as ‘infill’ saying the village he lived in would love to have allotments.

No response was received from Highways, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the Forest of Bowland AONB or Historic England.