Ice cream parlour passed

Billy Bob's ice cream parlour in Skipton. The Myerscough site will look similar

Billy Bob's ice cream parlour in Skipton. The Myerscough site will look similar

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An American-style diner and ice cream parlour looks set to be built after proposals were given the green light.

Councillors approved an application, with conditions, for a Billy Bobs ice cream parlour, diner and children’s play area at North Planks Farm off Garstang Road in Myerscough.

We had planning permission granted ourselves to build what would have been our dream house in the paddock next to us, but there’s no way we’ll be doing that now

Bosses behind the plans say they are ‘delighted’ that work will start soon, but objectors have raised fears over traffic and the design of the building.

Andy Howcroft, who lives close to where the diner will be built, said he was disappointed with the decision.

He said: “We had planning permission granted ourselves to build what would have been our dream house in the paddock next to us, but there’s no way we’ll be doing that now.”

He said he was concerned about the number of cars the development would attract.

He said: “It is completely out-of-keeping with the area.

“It’s going to be a horrendous eyesore.”

But William Fry, managing director of agents Rural Solutions, said he was pleased the majority of Wyre Council’s planning committee had voted to allow the application.

He said it would bring economic benefits, boost leisure and tourism in the area, and create many jobs, and said work was hoped to start in March.

Responding to objections from neighbours, he said Billy Bobs would not be busy at rush hour, and would operate between 10am and 6pm.

He said: “It’s not going to be onerous on local residents in any way.

“We have listened to what people have asked us for.

“I think what people will find once it has been built is that its use in practice is, after all, not something they needed to be concerned about.”