THE planned construction of a building at The Sidings industrial estate in Settle has been given the go-ahead by North Yorkshire Council.

The four unit building will occupy a currently vacant builder's yard at the mixed use industrial estate with three of the units for lease by light industry or commercial businesses and the fourth as an office.

In submissions to the council, it is stated that the builder's yard is the only site at The Sidings which does not currently have a building on it and has over the years been used for the storage of building materials, tools and equipment.

An officer's report in recommending planning consent states that the proposed new building is of a good design and will mean the creation of four units which will be 'suitable for leasing to small, local businesses'.

It is not considered to be harmful to the street scene or conservation area and will not have any adverse impact on neighbouring units.

"The development would allow for the provision of additional business units, contributing to the economic and social benefit of the local community. On this basis, as the proposed development accords with the development plan, planning permission should be approved subject to planning conditions."