Village builds on good design with second regional award

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The North York Moors village of Lythe has scooped a prize in design awards for a second time.

A terrace of affordable houses on Lythe High Street has won the 2012 best new home category in the North York Moors National Park Authority’s design awards.

In 2010, Lythe village hall won the title for best non-residential development in the biennial competition.

This year the judges were impressed with the high level of detail in houses built within a tight budget.

The terrace, which is in a conservation area near Whitby, is built from tooled local stone with a mixture of slate and pantile roofs. Traditional window styles have been used and attention has been paid to the finer detailing of the water tabling and chimneys.

Tim Lawn, one of the judges and chair of the park authority’s planning committee, said: “The villages and buildings of the national park are as much a part of its appeal as its natural environment and good design, therefore, has a significant role to play in continuing to make the North York Moors a special place to live and visit.”

The other awards winners included Rose Cottage at Red Briars, Osmotherley, which scooped the award for best extension, and a special judging panel award was presented to the Grosmont Old School coffee shop.