A DECISION by Craven District Council to refuse plans to build a single detached dwelling at Pennine Haulage Brow, Garage Rook Street in Lothersdale has been overturned by a government planning inspector.

In February, the council refused plans by Trevor Jackson to build a new home on the grounds that it would be an overdevelopment of the site and would have an adverse impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties; it would also lead to on-street parking; all conflicting with policies in the Craven Local Plan.

But following a site visit in October, a planning inspector for the Planning Inspectorate has disagreed with the council and overturned the decision, allowing the proposed development to take place.

In their decision notice, published today (Tuesday)  the inspector says they have considered impact on neighbouring properties and impact on highways safety at the site, which is part of what was once a haulage yard.

The inspector says: "I find the proposal would not harm the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers as the site layout would retain sufficient space for parking, manoeuvring and access.

"The proposal would be unlikely to lead to significant on-street parking and that suitable and safe access to the site can be achieved for all users, and therefore not harming highway safety."