A FORMER farmstead at Bowes, near Barnard Castle, will be turned into a haulage yard.

Planning permission for the change of use of the site at Pasture End Farm, Stainmore Road, from agricultural land and buildings to a haulage and contractor's yard has been approved by Durham County Council.

The site is around 3km west of Bowes, on the north side of the A66, and contains a stone house adjacent to the A66 and a range of modern farm sheds.

Applicant J J G Gill & Son Limited propose operating up to ten HGVs from the yard, as well as contracting machinery and equipment.

The buildings behind the house will be used for a workshop, welfare facilities and office, the modern agricultural shed will be used for HGV parking and plant storage and staff will park in the former sileage clamp area.

Bowes Parish Council asked the authority to consider the vehicular exit onto the A66, which members felt is currently dangerous, and landscape officers raised concerns about the impact on the landscape which is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Officers felt that conditions limiting the number of HGVs, insisting plant and vehicles are parked inside buildings and on landscaping would mitigate the visual impact and the Highway Authority and Highways England were satisfied that the access is suitable so would no adverse impacts on highway safety.

Conditional planning permission was therefore approved by officers, under delegate powers.