Distribution centre and hotel plan meets resistance

Almost 120 individuals and organisations have objected to Calverts Carpets’ plans for a new distribution centre, showroom and hotel.

The proposal by the 15-store Yorkshire and North-East chain has received two expressions of support, while 119 objections have been registered.

The company wants to build six units totalling 74,000sqft, a 74 room Travelodge hotel and a drive through Starbucks on farmland next to the A170 on the southern entrance to Thursk.

Those objecting have voiced concerns of the proposed development’s environmental impact, contradiction to the area’s local plan, further loss of green space and suggested an alternative location.

The local district council previously decided that environmental studies to measure the impact of the development were unnecessary.

The planning application says there are no alternative sites in the area and that the £16m investment would create 150 jobs during construction and 30 full-time equivalent jobs once the site was operational.

As well as objections from three parish councils saying the scheme is a major departure from the council’s recently completed local plan, countryside charity CPRE said there was sufficient room for the development at nearby Sowerby Gateway or an extension to Dalton Airfield Industrial Estate. National Highways commented that it wanted detailed studies carried out into road safety.

Hambleton District Council has set a date of 31 March to determine the application.

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York Road Thursk

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