Boutique hotel proposal in Yarm ‘dead in the water’ as appeal is dismissed

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A plan for a boutique hotel in Yarm has been dismissed after councillors decided the new venture would ‘harm’ locals.

Developers, Mahers Entertainments, had submitted a proposal to create a new 20-bedroom hotel, as well as a bar and bistro on the High Street, but after the application was turned down by planners last summer, an appeal has now also been rejected.

The project has been planned for a derelict site on the High Street, which was once occupied by a garage.

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The main objections to the venture was the impact it would have on the ‘living conditions of the occupiers of neighbouring residential properties, with particular regard to noise and disturbance, overlooking, privacy and a sense of enclosure’.

An inspector went on to say the benefits of the scheme – boosting the night time economy and tourism, creating jobs and developing a derelict site – did not outweigh the potential harm caused to locals.

A plan for another boutique Yarm hotel in a Grade II listed building at 122 High Street was also lodged with planners last year.

The building – currently six flats – would be changed into a nine-bedroom hotel, planners say.

But a decision is yet to have been taken.

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