The application to demolish the old Dunlopillo building in Pannal and replace it with an apartment block last summer gained planning permission under so-called permitted development rights.
These rights mean that the conversion of empty offices to residential can be done quickly, the issues that can be considered when deciding whether to grant planning permission are reduced and, because of the short timeframe for a decision, potentially without going to a meeting of the council’s planning committee.
Many in the community felt they had been deprived of their chance to comment on the application and local MP, Andrew Jones, spoke out about the process in their support.
A new application has now been submitted for redevelopment of the building which, if approved, would supersede the earlier application.
Residents can comment on the application here.
Mr Jones commented: “This time round I want as many residents as possible to submit their views and I will certainly support a request for it to go before the council’s planning committee should the parish council wish it to do so.
“In the meantime I encourage residents to submit their views to the council.”