Plans to create a rural holiday let within the annex of a cottage in Eaglescliffe have been approved despite objections from neighbours.
Members of Stockton Council’s planning committee took less than ten minutes to approve the application for the detached residential property in the grounds of North Cottage, Trafford Hill, off Aislaby Road, which required change of use permission.
Seven objections were received from local residents with concerns including the impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties, highway safety, anti-social behaviour and an overdevelopment of the site.
It was also feared that it would set a precedent for further holiday lets in the area.
A report said the proposal, which also included associated car parking,was an acceptable form of development and would not have an adverse impact on the character or amenities of the area, or highway safety.
It said: “The proposal is an existing building, the design of which – with the exception of some alterations – was approved under previous applications.
“The proposal would provide tourist accommodation close to the services and attractions of Yarm and Eaglescliffe and it is broadly recognised that additional overnight accommodation would contribute to the wider economy as a base for visiting local facilities and attractions, thereby making a positive contribution to the local economy.”
The report added: “It is recognised that a holiday cottage would be introduced to this small isolated community and accepted that the accommodation would be more transient in its nature, as there are likely to be different guests staying there frequently throughout the year.
“However, overall it would not be a fundamentally different level of activity to that which would typically be associated with a residential dwelling.”
It also said that while a holiday cottage may create an increased level of noise -and taking into account separation distances from nearby properties – the addition of one holiday let was not considered to cause a significant impact over and above any likely disturbances from the host dwelling, or the current use of the building as a residential annex.
Conditions included with the permission that was granted included that the owners/operators should maintain an up-to-date register of the names of all occupants of the accommodation and of their main home addresses.
Containers would also be required at the premises for the storage and disposal of waste food and other refuse.