North Yorkshire Council has approved plans to convert a former clothes shop next to a pub into holiday accommodation for the inn.

Women’s fashion retailer Best Kept Secret Clothing had a shop on Main Street in Kirkby Overblow, but left last year to relocate to Cheltenham Parade in Harrogate.

According to planning documents submitted to the council, the Shoulder of Mutton Inn next door already has three bed and breakfast rooms and the additional room would help the business to expand.

The application was submitted by Kate Deacon who took over the pub in 2004. It was supported by Kirkby Overblow Parish Council.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The pub with the clothes shop in the background

The ground floor will be partially renovated, a changing room will be removed and a rooflight will be installed.

The pub has a large car park which users of the holiday lets can use during their stay.

A design and access statement attached to the application said the extra room will help protect the pub’s future.

It said: “The change of use to holiday accommodation will help safeguard the future of the Shoulder of Mutton Inn. It will require minimum building works to enable its conversion and thus promote sustainable development.”

Kirkby Overblow has about 450 residents and is situated between Harrogate and Wetherby.

Last year, the Daily Telegraph listed it as one of Britain’s poshest villages.