Councillors delay decision on proposed Ryton holiday let application

The Ferry House on Keelmans Way in Ryton.
The Ferry House on Keelmans Way in Ryton. -Credit:Newcastle Chronicle

Councillors have delayed a decision on a proposed holiday let in Ryton to conduct a site visit.

Gateshead Council’s planning and development committee convened last month to consider an application to convert part of ‘The Ferry House’ on River Lane, Ryton, into a four-bedroom holiday let. Council officers recommended the application be refused as the site, according to their report, couldn’t cope with two-way traffic.

Officers also believed more traffic in the area would be “detrimental” to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. However, the committee ultimately voted to delay a final decision until a site visit could be made so they could see for themselves.

The application, partly prepared by town planning firm Jo-Anne Garrick Ltd, states: “The applicant is proposing the change of use as it is considered that the location of the property would attract a range of tourists, particularly those who wish to cycle, walk, play golf, row and those interested in the historic and natural environment.”

It continued: “The proposed development lies within the Green Belt, it would re-use part of an existing permanent building, which is of substantial construction. With no external changes required to facilitate the change of use. The development would deliver tourist accommodation which is supported by development plan policies."

The application also states that, if approved, the accommodation will not permit parties or events with a maximum occupancy of six. Following the site visit, a decision is expected to be made on Wednesday, May 15.

A previous application to change the property into an outside dog daycare business for up to 20 dogs was rejected by Gateshead Council in January 2018.