Plans for a glamping site on the banks of the River Ure have been submitted.
A planning application for 11 cabins to be erected on fields between Middleham and East Witton has been submitted to Richmondshire District Council.
The site would be called Wensleydale Wigwam.
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The application says the owners of the land, the Smith family, would purchase and install the deluxe cabins, as well as a franchise agreement with holiday company Wigwam Holidays.
The applicants say that while there are several camping sites in the area, there is currently very little provision for glamping – “a phenomenon that is rapidly growing in popularity”.
Documents submitted with the plans state: “The proposal is a response to a need to diversify and utilise the land for the benefit of eco-tourism.
“There is an existing farm building on site which is derelict and requires a change of use and regeneration.
“This family run, sustainable camp site comprised of eleven timber cabins will attract campers to existing walking trails and natural viewing areas forming part of the experience along with access to the nearby tourist attractions and horse racing.”
Two objections have been received.
It is claimed the glamping site could be harmful to local wildlife, including otters, and is unsuitable for this site. Concerns are also expressed about noise, damage to the riverbank and potential flooding, although the applications says the scheme would be high enough for this not to be a problem.
A number of people have given their support, including Sir Gary Verity, from Welcome to Yorkshire.
He said: “Welcome to Yorkshire has the responsibility to market the county’s tourism industry for the sole purpose of economic well being and depends on high quality tourism products such as this proposal to aid its success.
“For this reason, we are delighted to offer this proposal our full support.”
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