A PROPOSAL to build five camping pods on a caravan site has been resubmitted to county council planners.

An initial application for five camping pods and a toilet and shower block on land near Chesterhope Farm, West Woodburn, was rejected by the authority in April.

Council planners said the proposed development would not be suited to its location; would result in a visually intrusive and harmful encroachment of development into the open countryside; and that insufficient information on access and parking was provided.

However, a resubmitted proposal to be considered next month on behalf of the applicant, Will Robson, said the camping pods were in keeping with the rural character of the local area, and would provide the ideal location for visitors to enjoy the local dark skies.

“Due to the tranquil nature of the AONB, they do not conflict with the quiet enjoyment of the countryside,” the planning statement said.

Located close to East Woodburn, West Woodburn and Bellingham, which boast a range of attractions, tourists facilities and businesses, the villages would likely receive a boost in trade from visitors using the development, it was claimed.

The proposed glamping pods would be of a ‘shepherds hut’ design, constructed of timber and provide holiday accommodation.

However, the new proposal does not include a toilet and shower block.

The applicant also said safe access and parking would be provided at the site.

Other glamping and holiday lodge schemes have proved successful throughout Tynedale with facilities in Kielder, Catton, Rochester and Kirkwhelpington.