Plans for a new gift shop in Richmond’s Millgate will be considered by councillors on Wednesday.
The owner of a flat at number 19, Barbara Overfield, wants to change the use of her property from residential to commercial. The street is well used by visitors to the Falls and she believes her small property could host a shop.
The property comprises a long narrow building, and would be ideal for a small,
niche, boutique shop which would only serve to enhance the area.
Some of the other residents in the street have objected to the plans but councillors on Richmondshire District Council’s planning committee are being recommended to grant permission.
The proposed change of use from residential to retail relates to a very small ground floor property, just off the Market Place. There is policy support for retail use in ‘edge of centre’ locations. The proposal will not harm the character and appearance of this part of the Richmond Conservation Area, or result in any significant harm to neighbour amenity and privacy.
Given the scale of the proposed retail use, there are no grounds to reject the proposal in terms highway safety. The proposal meets the requirements and expectations of policies of the Development Plan, and the National Planning Policy Framework.