Lancliffe Quarry development green light

    The project to develop Lancliffe Quarry near Settle into a business park has been given approval.

    Craven District Council’s plans to transform the Council’s former waste depot site at Langcliffe Quarry into a purpose-built rural enterprise centre have been approved.  The Yorkshire Dales National Park’s planning committee agreed the scheme could go ahead at its August meeting.

    The new development would create over 26,000 square feet of new business space, refurbishing the old traditional stone buildings into modern office space, with shared facilities including a training or meeting room, and space for hot-desking.  The York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership has approved Local Growth Funding of £1,645,708 to support the costs of the development.  

    It is expected that the new development will support around 30 full-time equivalent jobs. The scheme will also support preservation of the historic Hoffman Kiln through a long-term conservation management plan.  The Joint Venture company, Craven Barnfield, will act as developer in bringing forward the scheme. The Joint Venture is a partnership between Craven District Council and Barnfield Investment Properties Limited. When completed, the site will be retained and managed by the Council.

    Councillor Simon Myers, Craven District Council’s Lead Member for Enterprising Craven, said: “I’m delighted that these plans have been approved. This scheme will help provide much-needed additional workspace in the district. We know there is a strong demand for more modern, flexible workspace for new and existing smaller businesses in Craven.  Part of the scheme would also include business support services, together with casual access to meeting space and office facilities without the cost burden of fixed rent costs. This will be particularly useful for small and new businesses, where they are not in a financial position to occupy their own office full time.

    “We know businesses need access to supportive networks, mentoring and support to develop new ideas. This project will support local businesses to grow in the longer term, beyond levels of pre-coronavirus. This site has proved difficult to develop, but the provision of grant funding provides a unique opportunity for a brownfield site that is not regarded as commercially viable to be developed as an employment hub.”

    Councillor David Staveley, ward member for Settle, said: “The Langcliffe Hoffman Kiln site has a long standing history of employment. As such it has proved a challenging site to continue that commercial focus, while protecting the heritage asset. What we have now addresses the needs of our evolving local economy, yet provides the foundation for the future protection of the Hoffman Kiln visitor attraction. A win for future generations in every respect. It is a credit to the hard work of both CDC and YDNPA officers and members, that has brought forward such an attractive scheme to a sensitive setting.”

    Councillor Wendy Hull, ward member for Settle, said: “Local businesses expressed real and positive interest in this scheme at an early preview event here in Settle and it is even rumoured that offers were made on the night, such was the enthusiasm for this much needed and attractive redevelopment. "The scheme promises to bring high value and new technology jobs into the area, thereby encouraging younger people to stay local.”

    Tim Webber, Chairman of Barnfield Group, said: “We have worked closely with the Council, planners and Historic England to bring forward an exceptional development proposal that will underscore economic activity in the National Park.  “Balancing all of the sensitivities of the site including the Hoffman Kiln, which is a Grade II Scheduled Monument, the development will offer flexible and purpose built light industrial accommodation in an area of outstanding beauty. We very much look forward to this being the first of many exciting developments by the Joint Venture across the Craven District.”

    The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership approved Local Growth Funding for the project earlier this year.  David Dickson, Chair of the their Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board, said: “Among our aims for local investment is to help unlock employment sites which will create successful and distinctive places. There was a good case for funding here to help establish a business support facility currently lacking. It has the potential to deliver strong economic benefits to the area.”

    More from Dales News

    On Air

    • Julian at Breakfast

      The best way to start your day in the Dales with News, Weather and Sport and Dales Music Mix.

    • Lee Moulsdale

      Weekday Mornings with the Classic Top 3 and No 1's @1

    • Keith Fletcher

      The Dales Drive Home with the very best music and conversation.

    • Rob Stevens

      The Dales Evening Show with great music and a finger on the pulse of the Dales

    • StressBusters

      Ease the troubles of the day away with late night easy listening,

    • Nic Foster

      Saturday Morning brought to life with Great Music, Loads of info on events in the Dales, Local stories from the week and the weekend edition of The Time Machine.

    • Nick Babb - Stuck In The 80s

      Two hours packed with the biggest songs from the 1980s.

    • Stuart Clarkson

      A comprehensive guide to what’s happening at the weekend, a look at the weekend's sporting action, the latest news and great tunes for your Saturday afternoon.

    Dales Weather

    • Skipton

      Sunny intervals

      High: 10°C | Low: 6°C

    • Settle

      Sunny intervals

      High: 9°C | Low: 5°C

    • Leyburn

      Sunny intervals

      High: 10°C | Low: 6°C

    • Sedbergh

      Light rain shower

      High: 8°C | Low: 6°C

    • Kirkby Stephen

      Light rain shower

      High: 8°C | Low: 6°C

    Recently Played

    Dales Diary

    • Pumpkin Trail

      From 24th October to 1st November it's the Seasons Bakery Pumpkin Trail in Ingleton. Dress up and celebrate the new normal way of Halloween. Follow the map around Ingleton and find the pumpkins with letters on. Create a word and discover your Trick or Treat. The cost is £2 per person with the maximum number in any group to be no more than 6 to follow the current government guidelines. All proceeds for this event are going towards St. Mary’s Church and the Pop-Up Pantry.

      at Seasons Bakery
    • Medieval Music in the Dales

      Medieval Music in the Dales at Bolton Castle, Leyburn is the UK's only festival of medieval music and it’s online anytime this year, due to the pandemic. The festival features performances from dozens of musicians - some live online, others pre-recorded exclusively to premier at Medieval Music in the Dales. On top of that, you can enjoy a virtual tour of the amazing venue - Bolton Castle - and join in on vocal and instrumental workshops.

      at Online
    • Cave Exploring

      If you are on a staycation in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park then you are in the most extensive caving area in the UK. So if you’re looking for something to do or if you live in the Dales and you fancy exploring the marvellous caves, which includes the longest cave system, one of the largest caverns, and the highest unbroken underground waterfall at Gaping Gill then head online to yorkshiredales.org.uk for more info.

      at Yorkshire Dales