Plans have just been approved today by Hambleton Planning Committee that will pave the way for the relocation of Yatton House from its site at Great Ayton to a new home at Skutterskelfe, Hutton Rudby. The planning application was submitted by Darlington based Prism Planning on behalf of the charity, a long established organisation that provides day care facilities for young adults with learning and other disabilities.
They currently operate out of portakabins on land leased from Great Ayton Parish Council at the side of the village graveyard. Not only are their facilities old and in a poor condition, the graveyard at Great Ayton is at capacity and expansion space is desperately needed.
The building of around 700 square metres over two floors includes a much needed sensory room. The ground floor will provide space for the pantry and coffee shop with wonderful views to the Cleveland Hills. The woodwork and craft rooms, print service and administration offices will also be situated on the ground floor. Gardens, vegetable growing areas and woodland walks will surround the building.
The charity hope to start a fundraising and sponsorship campaign to fund the furnishings and fittings for the interior of the building, provide office and I.T. equipment for the members and equip the sensory room and kitchens. A local benefactor is providing the shell of the building at no cost to the charity.
Commenting upon the decision, Steve Barker, Managing Director of Prism Planning said:-
“This is great news for the charity and all their team and marks the end of more than a year’s preparatory work. Now that the Council has supported the scheme, we can start to work on practical construction issues and hope to get onto the site before the end of the year.
It’s been a busy and successful week for Prism who yesterday got planning permission for a £160 million pound biomass plant in Stockton. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket this week!”