A HOLIDAY accommodation provider in a rural part of west Tynedale wants to expand its offering.

Common House Farm, in Melkridge, near Haltwhistle, has provided a successful holiday let since the early 1990s, and the onsite accommodation is regularly booked out and in high demand.

To cater with such demand, Common House owner Mr N Deen is proposing the creation of five glamping pods.

A design and access statement provided by agent YoungsRPS said: "As such, our client wishes to expand the business by

creating new accommodation to increase guest capacity.

"The application will support the sustainable growth and expansion of a rural business and promote tourism, whilst respecting the character of the countryside."

According to the planning statement, the applicant is seeking full planning for a small-scale tourism related development,

consisting of the installation of the five glamping pods with associated car parking and cycle storage within a field of rough grassland to the north east of Common House Farm.

The pods would be located on an area of underutilised land adjacent to the farm house.

The pods are prefabricated and comprise of a curved timber frame clad with roof tiles, timber fascia boards and a timber entrance door, and would have an overall footprint of 18 square metres.

Each pod would be fitted with cooking facilities, toilet and wash facilities, a double bed, a sofa bed and a dining area.

They will be serviced with connections for water, electricity, and foul drainage.