PLANS have been unveiled to build an upmarket holiday lodge development in a Teesdale village.
Approval is being sought to create a small-scale development which would be sited on the outskirts of Staindrop.
The plot of land to be developed would be located off the B6279 Moor Lane.
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Described in its planning application as an “upmarket and exclusive holiday lodge development”, the facility would comprise five lodges, with parking provision located next to each unit.
Several unused buildings, structures and Portacabins which are already located at the site would be demolished to make way for the development.
The plans have been submitted to Durham County Council’s planning department to discuss.
A report contained within the application for planning permission stated: “The area for the proposals would be exceptionally well screened from adjacent properties due to the natural form of extensive landscaping proposed.
“The demolition and removal of existing buildings and structures together with the opportunity for additional landscapes comprising woodland tree belts gives an opportunity to create a facility that would blend seamlessly into the natural environment.
“The proposals would create employment and contribute a significant amount to the local rural economy, nearby attractions, pubs and convenience stores within the locality.”
Recent statistics indicate that the annual economic contribution per holiday caravan or lodge to the local economy is worth about £18,500 per annum.
It is hoped the proposed development would prolong the tourism period to provide the region with a boost economically.
It is envisaged that it could be stretched from the summer into the autumn and winter months, when visitor numbers typically decrease.
The report to the council said: “Schemes of this nature encourage tourism usage in the off-season months.
“This ultimately results in the creation of quality all-year-round jobs.
“The high quality lodges proposed would significantly help raise the standard of accommodation offered in the region.
“There is a very strong local and national trend towards more upmarket holidays, especially for more spacious and better equipped holiday lodges.”
To help the units to blend into the surrounding area they will be made of timber and they will be a muted colour.
If the plans are given the go ahead by the county council’s planning committee then it is thought that the construction of the site would take between four and eight weeks.
To view the full planning application and to leave comments about it online, visit publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications