SAVE NEW LAITHE BARN
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Mr Howard, the current owner of the property has farmed in Skipton, North Yorkshire with his family for over 70 years. The subject at matter is an originally dilapidated barn which was in no viable state for agriculture or any other use. Mr Howard decided he wanted the barn back to a fit suitable use again. Unfortunately local planning legislation have overturned the decision to allow the renovated barn to stay erected, and further a due with great heart ache it has to be demolished. I have met Mr Howard on several occasions, and have in fact seen this building myself. It is a wonderful restoration using traditional methods and locally sourced materials. I know for a fact that a local builder did the work, who has told me just how much time and money was invested in the regeneration of this beautiful barn. Making an example of something or someone is one thing, but I can only see in this case that CDC have taken some form of personal vendetta against Mr Howard, and this does not reflect the responsibilities of a local authority at all. The demolition of this barn is surely a crime against local heritage exercising the improper use of local authorities given power. I would like to use Threshfield in Wharfedale as a good example of the "excellent" planning system we operate within the Dales. On your right, as entering the village is the wooden clad fire station. A wonderful building in its own right, modern, practical and built to serve a purpose. Sadly it doesnt fit within the local landscape. Down the road on your left, is the school sports hall. Red brick and green tin cladding. A fine building in itself, keeping pupils warm and dry whilst playing sport. But it doesn't fit within the local landscape. Directly opposite the school is a church. Triangular, and lead clad. A fine piece of architecture, and suiting the needs of the congregation. But it doesn't suit fit within the local landscape at all. So, I refer back to the stone barn at Newton Grange. Stone built, stone roof, traditionally pointed, wooden slatted Yorkshire boarding over the windows. Never before did a building fit better within its surroundings. It is with this conclusion that I call upon your help in saving such a fantastic building with great agricultural amenities. As a fellow country side enthusiast, farmer, local resident or anyone with a general admiration for the hard work gone into preserving something our country is now unfortunately lacking - originality, please sign.
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