A woman who had plans refused to turn a family home into a holiday let has re-submitted the proposals to the council.

Helen Fox proposed to Ribble Valley Borough Council earlier this year to turn the home in Clitheroe into a holiday cottage, to provide pension income.

The plans were rejected by the council on the basis there would not be adequate car parking spaces and not enough information had been supplied about the mitigation of noise disturbances.

In a new planning statement submitted to the council, concerns were raised about inaccuracies in the officer’s report.

It said this report made repeated references to ‘the rear garden area’, despite the property not having one.

Lancashire Telegraph: An aerial view of the house showing the rear yardAn aerial view of the house showing the rear yard (Image: Ribble Valley Borough Council)

The statement said: “As can be seen from a visit to the site and the enclosed aerial photograph, the property does not have a rear garden.

"To the rear is a small and totally enclosed flagged yard area with a small corner for planting.

“This expression used is totally misleading and simply incorrect, yet weight seems to have been placed on this in the decision-making process.

"The level of amenity afforded by this yard area is very limited.”

The statement went on to say Mrs Fox wished to retain the house as an asset to provide pension income and holiday letting “seems an appropriate use”.

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The site would be managed by Cottages.com which manages numerous properties in the Ribble Valley.

The statement continued: “The property is a four-bedroomed bungalow in good condition and a suitable location close to amenities, the town centre, and public transport availability.

“The proposal is a simple change of use from a family dwelling to a holiday let available only for certain times of the year.

“The only physical alteration to the site is the proposed erection of close boarded fencing on top of the existing dwarf wall along the western boundary of the rear yard."

The plans added there would be a tenants agreement for visitors containing a number of safeguards, including:

  • Single family occupancy only
  • Maximum of six occupants
  • No sub-letting
  • No barbecuing allowed
  • Not all-year availability

Anyone wishing to comment on the application can do so via the council’s planning website.