A NEW country house is to be created – the first of its kind in Yorkshire for 200 years.

Ravenswick Hall, a large country house near Kirkbymoorside, is to be demolished to make way for the new building.

Planners at Ryedale District Council recently approved the demolition of the existing home along with outbuildings.

A 10-bedroom country house is to be built in its place, along with other buildings, including a leisure building, quadruple garage, gatehouse, pool house, outdoor swimming pool, garden store, tennis court, landscaped gardens with temple and grotto, two belvederes and two linked pools.

In addition, there will be the construction of a four-bedroom "staff dwelling" with attached double garage and three additional three-bedroom staff dwellings with attached single garages.

The architects for the new buildings are Adam Architects, who specialise in creating significant new country houses in a classical design. The council planning committee commended the proposal on its design quality, and welcomed "the first major new country house to be built in Yorkshire for more than 200 years".

The new house will be used as a family home.