National park restrictions hit sale of house
RETIRED farmer, David Anderson claims he is the latest victim of controversial planning restrictions.
Mr Anderson (78) of Ugglebarnby, Whitby, said that restrictions imposed by the North York Moors National Park are preventing him from selling his £130,000 home.
His house is covered by an agricultural tenancy restriction which cannot be removed. That limits its sale only to those who receive most of their income from agriculture or forestry.
"The bungalow has been for sale for more than four years but we just cant find a buyer," said Mr Andersons son Michael. "For the past year it has been on the market at £69,000, and still no one wants it," he added.
Recently the national park, supported by the Eskdaleside and Ugglebarnby parish council, confirmed its support for the agricultural tenancy rule. Mr Anderson, who retired from farming in 1970 because of illness, has no option but to appeal against the planning decision.
The national parks head of planning, Val Dilcock conceded that the agricultural tenancy rules were a controversial issue. "The only houses in open countryside given planning permission are those for farm or forestry workers," said Mrs Dilcock. "We have turned down dozens of applications from other people who had found what they thought was a picturesque plot of land." *