** UPDATE ** Grundy Farm Carleton, Planning Application (17/2017/17886)

29 March 2018 Categories: Parish Council Planning Applications

The Parish Council (PC) was addressed by a group of residents at the January meeting and asked for support in obtaining information from Craven District Council (CDC) Planning Department.  The PC sent the following letter several days after the meeting, by registered (Signed For) post:

Development Management,

Craven District Council,

1, Belle Vue Square,

Broughton Road,


North Yorkshire,

BD23 1FJ.


6 February 2018,


Dear Sir/Madam,





Could you explain why no decision has as yet been reached on the above application when the Heritage Report, the NYCC’s decision on the proposed entrance and your own Craven Local Plan’s comments on large developments on the outskirts of settlements, effectively condemned the application to receive a refusal?


The Parish Council wish to know when your Council is likely to make a decision on the above planning application. Due to the nature of the application this delay is creating unacceptable levels of concern and distress, especially amongst parishioners living close to the proposed development site.


Could you also confirm the number of new houses required in the Parish up to 2032?

A glance through the Draft Craven Local Plan appears to suggest that it is an average of 3 per year or a total of 54 by 2032.


The Heritage Report compiled for the above application was particularly scathing regarding your decisions on three other applications ie. 17/2008/9164 – Conversion of barn to 2 residential units and construction of 3 new dwellings with associated parking at Grundy Farm; 17/2016/17039 – Conversion and extension of existing joiners workshop to 2 houses. Joiners Workshop, Park Lane and 17/2017/17560 – Construct 4 houses and garages on land at Park Lane.


Will you be taking action to amend these applications in light of the recommendations in the Heritage Report and the NYCC’s decision regarding the highway safety aspect? If no alterations are to be recommended, perhaps you will explain why.


Yours faithfully,


Clerk to the Parish Council.

We received no response to this.  At the next PC meeting later in February, a further chasing letter and email was sent.  The PC met last night (28th March 2018) and no response had been received at that time.  The minutes of the meeting will show that the PC took the unanimous view that a formal complaint should be lodged with CDC.   However, on the morning of 29th March (today), the following email was received by John Preston, Clerk to the PC:

Dear Mr Preston,

I refer to your letter of 6 February 2018 regarding the planning application at Grundy Farm.

I am advised that the applicant’s Highways Advisor’s have been liaising with the County Highway Authority over a protracted period with a view to overcoming the highway objection.

The applicant’s have also been reviewing the heritage issues.

It is expected that revised plans will be submitted shorty.

I would then propose to re-consult on any revised submission.

Until such time as revised plans are submitted I cannot advise of a Committee date.

The on-going dialogue is entirely consistent with the Government Guidance in paragraph 187 of the National Planning Policy Framework and the Council would be open to criticism for not looking for solutions.

Your understanding of the Local Plan housing provision is correct, although that will be subject to independent review by the Inspector later this year.

The Council are not in a position to revisit the other permissions you refer to unless the applicant’s choose to submit further applications.

I trust this clarifies the position.

If you wish to discuss further please contact me.




Neville Watson

Planning Manager (Development Management)

t: 01756706402

The PC will discuss this response at the next meeting, though given its contents and the general unease reported to the PC, regarding this application, it was decided to share this information publicly as soon as possible.