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  1. Tesco has had planning permission approved to turn a historic pub & hotel in the heart of Bedale into a Tesco Express store.

    Hambleton District council have agreed to planning alterations to the former Kings Head Hotel in Bedale Market Place,  Approval was not needed for change of use on the building which is grade 2 listed, because it operated as a pub up until its closure 2 years ago. Tesco simply need to apply for approval for alterations and extensions to the building.

    Objections from local traders, residents and the highways agency have been brought to the forefront, 11 letters of objection & a petition containing 70 signatures were put forward asking for the district council to refuse it based on parking problems and the impact on small shops.

    Chamber of trade chairman Carol Clarke said one of the main concerns had been that it is on a dangerous junction. "That building is on the most difficult corner in Bedale. Lorries are turning in all directions, all the delivery vehicles would have to come to the front because there is no real access at the back, and those vehicles will be in a very dangerous place. There is also a pedestrian crossing which would have to be moved. From a retail point of view, it is a negative and a positive thing. While it will have an impact, it is better to have Tesco in the middle of the town than outside it. We dont want people going out of the town to shop. We had hoped to attract shops into the town that were more distinctly different, but we seem to have little choice but to accept this."

    Bedale town councillor Michael Lowe said he had told the planning committee about the concerns " I voiced our opinions about the deliveries and the extension but I got shot down at the end of it all and it was approved."

    North Yorkshire county highways urged that the application should be refused because of concerns over safety as the building has no on site parking. Meaning vehicles will be left on the road and so close to a junction this will only cause problems.

    A spokesman for Tesco has said " The store will create up to 20 new jobs for local people and we hope to be open in the Spring of 2013. We have strong evidence of Tesco Express shops attracting more shoppers, customers tend to use our convenience stores for top up shopping and they often use other shops and businesses in the area whilst there. We will deliver to the front in the same way that the pub has done for years. We have small rigid vehicles that can serve express stores sop you wont see the largest articulated lorries."

    We have lots of comments from you on this on our Facebook page, join the debate here


  2. Last week I had the pleasure of attending a town council planning meeting in Northallerton, during which the subject of a new housing development for Leeming Bar was brought up on the LB1

    The plan is to develop on & improve the existing area opposite Simply Dutch where the current industrial area lies (John H Gills & Sons, this is not to be confused with Leeming Bar Industrial Estate which is totally separate)  by building a new residential development of 84 houses (40% will be affordable homes) and a local shop. Along with improvements to the existing buildings on the industrial estate to make them more physically appealing. Some of the existing buildings which are listed will be converted into flats. There will also be a village green area.

    There were concerns raised from the residents of Leeming Bar with regards to sewage system problems with blocked drains being an issue presently however there were reassurances from Yorkshire Water that this problem would be rectified and the new development will not cause existing problems to become worse. The residents are concerned that nothing will be done to fix the problems already present to the current sewerage systems which following heavy rain causes the system to become backed up due to deposits of fat in the drainage systems and is meaning that residents in the area are at risk of human waste surfacing and it also means during these times residents have been unable to use their toilets in their own homes as they are not draining. In the plans Yorkshire Water intend to clean out the existing system entirely to improve this situation removing the build up of fat and other debris from the pipework along with putting improvements in place so this issue is resolved.

    The residents of Leeming Bar were against the plans going ahead, however during the meeting there was comment from a councillor to say " This plan will make Leeming Bar a better place in the future but not for now for the people who live there." There was also a quote to say that you will "Never totally satisfy the locals, Yorkshire water have caused worries and doubts"

    There were comments made to say that this development will "improve" what is a "messy, untidy area" and give a heart to Leeming Bar, a centre for the village. It was also said that "The plan was well thought out & designed."

    Comments from locals raised the issue of schools, with each family having 2.4 children, will the local schools at Leeming Bar be able to cope with the new influx of residents to the area?

    However along with negatives there are many positives, it will improve an area that is quite unappealing to the eye and will bring more people to the area, providing housing for people working locally (Leeming Bar Industrial Estate) and it will bring added custom to local businesses like The White Rose Hotel, The Corner House Pub & The Wensleydale Railway .

    Some concerns were raised with regards to the access to the residential development as it will need to go through the industrial unit area,blog LB2 this photo shows where the new access road will go. However those not in favour of this were outvoted as the plans were approved by majority vote.

    So what do you think? Leave us your comments below


  3. Today we have received information on the A684 Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar Bypass which we would like to share with you, the residents of Bedale & surrounding areas.


    In 2009 over 4000 leaflets were distributed as part of the public consultation leading to a planning application being made. Over 93% of the responses supported the principal of the bypass.

    The scheme was put on hold in 2010 because of government funding constraints. However the government has now offered, subject to some final approvals, to provide a significant proportion of the funding for the bypass so North Yorkshire County Council has made the decision to restart the scheme.

    The County Council has recently received planning permission and published statutory orders. Theses are a compulsory purchase order for the land needed to build the bypass and a side roads order which allows changes to be made to existing roads to link the bypass. These are statutory processes which give people the right to make comments about the bypass.

    Now you may ask why does Bedale need a Bypass?

    Users of the existing A684 which goes through Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar often face problems with traffic congestion, road safety and access to outlying areas - such as the Yorkshire Dales.

    The proposed bypass would

    • Reduce traffic congestion in the communities bypassed by the new road
    • Reduce environmental and road safety problems on the approaches to and through Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar.
    • Help the local economy by improving access to Leeming Bar Industrial Estate and communities to the east and west of the A1

     Where will the new road go?

    The whole of the bypass will lie to the north of Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar. It consists of two new 7.3km wide stretches of road split by the A1(M) with approximately 2.5Km on the west side and 1.9km to the east.

    Street lighting will be provided at the roundabout junctions and their approaches. Storage ponds will control rainwater run off from the road into existing water courses.

    (We will provide a map and the new proposed route to follow - BedaleOnline)


    What is a compulsory purchase order?

    The compulsory purchase order is the means by which the county council can buy the land needed to build the bypass. Whilst the council will always try to negotiate with the land owners to buy the land , they need to make a compulsory purchase order in case they are not able to agree to purchase the land with the land owners.

    What is a side roads order?

    The side roads order is the means by which the county council gets approval to make changes to the existing roads and other public rights of way to allow them to build the new bypass.

    How can I find out more about the proposals?

    You can find all information regarding the bypass on the North Yorkshire County Councils website or you can email

    How can I register my support or objections?

    You can send your comments in either support or objection to the compulsory purchase order by post to National transport Casework Team, 2nd Floor, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Business Area, Newcastle NE4 7YH

    What will happen next?

    The Compulsory purchase order and the side roads order have now been published for consultation. The closing dates for comments is 11th December 2012. If there are unresolved objections the secretary of state can order a public inquiry into the orders. Following a public inquiry the secretary of state will decide whether to confirm the orders.

    If there are no unresolved objections to the orders the county council can ask the secretary of state to confirm the orders. Subject to confirmation the county council will be able to go ahead with the scheme.

    If a public inquiry is required it is likely to take place in Spring 2013.

    The bypass is hoping to be started in Autumn 2014 and the new road to be open Autumn 2016.


    (Information and wording as provided by North Yorkshire County Council)


    So what do you think?

    As both residents and a business owner in Bedale I would like to say that my personal views are split. I live on the road in question and I have to say at times it is very noisy, dirty and dangerous. I have a front garden that my 2 children under the age of 6 are not allowed to use unless I am with them at all times and I find walking on the path outside my house at times daunting, particularly when a large lorry is coming carrying things like quarry stone. Following a time when I saw a lorry driver on his mobile phone inches away from me and my children it made me think twice about walking into Bedale from where we live in Aiskew and we now use the back foot paths. Therefore as a home owner and a mother I think the bypass will be good.

    However as a business owner in Bedale, I know how much all the local businesses rely on passing traffic and if we take this away will our local businesses suffer? Will we still be a market town full of independent thriving shops that are supported only by the locals and a reduced tourist trade? How will places like John Gills Garage and other stop off places cope if they are no longer a point of convenience for motorists? Or could it make it better for the local businesses, making places like Bedale News, Verb, Halls fish & Chips etc more accessible to park and visit as there wont be such heavy traffic congestion on the corner of The White Bear?

    Let me know your thoughts below?