A PLAN to convert an outbuilding at 11 Newby Road in Farnhill for residential use has been refused permission by North Yorkshire Council.

Previous plans for the detached outbuilding on Back Mary Street to an apartment and for its use as a short-term holiday let, have been refused or withdrawn.

While acceptable in principle, the council said it would not conserve the heritage of the area because of its impact on the Farnhill Conservation Area.

Also, the cramped accommodation of the new home and lack of outdoor amenity space would be unacceptable.

The parish council, while welcoming the 'smartening up' of the outbuilding, objected to the scheme on grounds of overlooking, parking and a lack of outdoor space.

The ward councillor also objected on grounds of heritage and overdevelopment.