Plans have been given the green light to transform Lake District farmland into tourism and holiday use.
The land is part of the agricultural farm complex known as ‘Cornhow’ and is located within the Buttermere Valley, in the Brackenthwaite area.
The purpose of the proposed scheme is to help diversify the existing agricultural business and provide an opportunity for people to enjoy a holiday within the Lorton Vale area of the Lake District.
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Farm diversification is when a farm branches out from traditional farming by adding new money-making activities.
This can be in place of or in addition to its traditional farming pursuits.
Farm diversification can involve anything, from adding pastured poultry and organic beef production to starting a bed and breakfast in the barn or setting up a local tourist attraction.
Farms that successfully diversify are often able to put their existing farm assets to use.
The design and access statement explains: “Each unit will be self-contained and will not require mains services. Water will be provided from a tank supply. The sanitary provision will be via a “compost” toilet, and wastewater will be collected in a tank which will be removed and emptied at intervals, as and when required.
“Electrical power requirements will be provided via solar panels with battery storage back up.
“The site will be accessed via the existing gated access point. It is intended to lower the ground level on the site at the access and parking area to help screen parked cars to the rear of a natural stone wall.”
The land is currently used for agricultural purposes and has a rearing area for pigs, these will be moved to another area of the farm and it was proposed that the planning be small scale.
Buttermere Parish Council raised no concerns to the planning applications.
However, one letter of representation was submitted.
The letter objected to the plans, in the letter, the resident explained: “Our property directly adjoins the area subject to the planning application and is located next to the indicated ‘1007’ on the location plan. The impact on our property would be both visual and noise-related.
“More importantly, whilst the application shows three camping pods, it is in fact for a change of use for the entire woodland area outlined in red on the location plan. This area shares a boundary with our property some 30m in length and there is nothing to stop visitors from using the entire area, including the portion directly adjoining our property.
“Visitors standing at the boundary wall would be only around 10m from the house, and due to the elevation profile, to the rear of our property would have direct visibility into the upstairs bedrooms. This represents an unacceptable loss of privacy.”
Planning was approved on the condition that the cabins are occupied for the purposes of short-term holiday letting accommodation, and shall not be occupied by any one individual, family or group for a period exceeding eight weeks in any three month period.
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