Decision on future of rural business goes to full authority

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Monday 15 February 2010

15 February 2010

Decision on future of rural business goes to full authority

A café, delicatessen and garden centre has passed the first hurdle towards getting planning permission to continue trading in its current form.

The tenants of the Riverside Herb Centre on Castleton Road, between Hope and Castleton, want retrospective planning permission to change the use of the site from being purely a horticultural nursery.

On Friday (12 February) members of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee were told that the tenants of the centre had opened the shop and café in May 2008 following a refurbishment of the site after thinking the landowner had established the legal right to do so.

The committee decided to recommend that retrospective planning permission should be given to allow the three parts of the business to continue operating as they do now.

As this would go against planning policy, which doesn’t normally permit these uses outside settlements, the decision will go a full authority meeting on 26 March for a final decision.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, chair of the authority’s planning committee, said: “It is very clear from the number of letters we received that the Riverside Herb Centre is a very popular and valued business among local residents and visitors.

“We were also told that the viability of the business and the jobs it supports depends on all three parts of the site continuing to operate as they do now.

“But we have to balance this against planning policy that is in place to protect the future of existing businesses in villages and to stop the development of large scale retail units in open countryside locations.

“Overall the committee felt that in this case the café and delicatessen were a minor but essential part of supporting the main garden centre business and so are recommending that the full authority approves the application as an exception to policy when it meets.”

Learning area approved for Losehill Hall

Planning permission has been granted to create a new outdoor educational learning area at Losehill Hall in Castleton.

The Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee agreed to allow a 17ft (5 metre) open-sided timber gazebo to be built in the grounds of Losehill Hall, the Peak District National Park’s Learning and Environmental Conference Centre.

Members heard that the gazebo would be screened by trees and have a green roof to reduce the impact on the landscape surrounding the grade two listed building.

The gazebo will be used as an outdoor classroom when teaching primary and secondary school pupils about the environment and the special qualities of the Peak District National Park.

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