COSTS have been awarded against Craven District Council after an appeal for non-determination of a planning application was upheld by a planning inspector.

Skipton Properties Ltd sought permission for the demolition of existing structures on land north of Kings Mill Lane, Settle, and the development of eight homes. The application was lodged on January 31 last year.

However, the application was not determined within the prescribed period or within an agreed extension of time period and the appellant exercised their right to appeal again the failure of the council.

The planning inspector, Beverley Wilders, said she allowed the appeal and planning permission was subsequently granted, subject to conditions relating to materials, landscaping, foul and surface water and drainage. Ms Wilders stated she felt the development would not affect the residential amenity.

The inspector also ordered the council to pay the partial costs of the appeal proceedings limited to those costs incurred in relation to the submission of late evidence. The amount to be agreed.