Ice cream parlour plans changed after objections

Billy Bob's ice cream parlour at the Calm Slate Site in Skipton. The Myerscough site, if approved, will be very similar

Billy Bob's ice cream parlour at the Calm Slate Site in Skipton. The Myerscough site, if approved, will be very similar

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PLANS for an American-style diner and ice cream parlour have changed after a raft of objections from neighbours.

An application was lodged to develop land at a farm off Garstang Road in Myerscough near Preston, for a Billy Bobs ice cream parlour, diner and children’s play area.

Rather than being controversial, we listened to what people said

William Fry

But dozens of people signed a petition against the proposal to demolish a barn to make way for the project, and bosses have now revised the plans.

William Fry, managing director of agents Rural Solutions, said: “The principle concern from a lot of residents was what they perceived to be as a heritage barn was going to be destroyed and it would be knocked down as part of the development.

“Both my client, who is the owner of Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream, Billy Bobs, and Rural Solutions, are extremely sensitive to that kind of response.

“We spent a lot of money getting the view of historic experts who said the building was not of value.

“Despite that, rather than being controversial, we listened to what people said and we looked at the scheme and said are there ways we can re-orientate it.”

He said the development, if approved, would be a “massive employer” for the area.

Despite the changes, residents have described the plans as “totally inappropriate” in the rural area.

A letter from neighbours Andrew and Sue Howcroft raised fears about the size of the development, and the impact on congestion on the A6.

Mr Fry said: “In terms of highways, the highways officers are comfortable with the volume of traffic that will be generated and it won’t have a significant impact on the existing highway.It will be super for the rural economy over there.”