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Planning inspector dismisses housing plan for Ilkley studios
10:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
Artists and craftsmen have won a reprieve for their Ilkley studios with the dismissal of a housing plan appeal by an inspector.
The studios on Back Nelson Road have been a central focus of art open studio events for several years, including the Ilkley Art Trail.
Fellow artists across town were among those who objected to plans by Mike Hanson, of Town & Country Properties (Wharfedale) Ltd, to convert the two remaining studio workshops to houses. The scheme follows the conversion of two neighbouring buildings which also housed studios.
Mr Hanson, who says the units are not commercially viable, launched an appeal after the plans were turned down by Bradford Council earlier this year. But Government planning inspector Matthew Birkinshaw has now dismissed the appeal.
In his decision, Mr Birkinshaw said: “Whilst I have found that the scheme would preserve the character and appearance of the Ilkley Conservation Area, I conclude that the appeal proposal would be unacceptable due to its impact on the living conditions of neighbouring residents and highway safety.”
Tenant, Joy Godfrey, said she was relieved to hear the plans had been turned down.
“To say it is good news is the understatement of the year,” she said.
Mrs Godfrey recently opened her studio to the public for Ilkley Summer Festival and will again be part of Ilkley Art Trail in October.
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