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North Yorkshire tourist attraction given 3 months to demolish castle

Owners of a North Yorkshire tourist attraction have been given three months to demolish their newest building.

Yorkshire Dales National Park bosses say the new Castle folly at the Forbidden Corner near Leyburn was built without planning permission. Owners of the site say they will appeal the ruling, arguing only one neighbour objected to the development.

Credit: Yorkshire Dales National Park

Members of the Planning Committee of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) approved the action, after receiving a report from officers which said that the nearly 10-metre high folly had introduced an unacceptable element of pastiche development into Coverdale.

“The Forbidden Corner is a very welcome success story, which makes a significant positive contribution to the local economy,”

“But it cannot be right to build a large castle folly, visible for miles around, in an historic and culturally important landscape, without even bothering to seek planning permission.”

– said Robert Heseltine, the YDNPA’s Member Champion for Development Management.

The enforcement notice, once served, will require the demolition and removal of the castle folly and the restoration of the site to its previous condition within three months.