Eco-friendly camping is on the cards at a pub in Heaton-with-Oxcliffe after councillors approved plans for camping ‘pods’ at the site.
Applicant and landlord Stephen Hunt had applied for the change of use of vacant land next to the Golden Ball pub at Snatchems, to allow for the siting of three camping pods for a temporary period of five years.
Although city council officers had reccomended the scheme be turned down, councillors at Monday’s planning ccommittee meeting voted in favour of the proposals.
The wooden pods will be sited on land to the side of the pub, which has listed building status.
Work has started to the rear of the pub on a recently approved scheme for a detached building which will provide seven lettable rooms for holiday purposes.
The area to the immediate rear of the pub is used as an informal parking area and there is additional formal parking to the front of the site.
Council officers had earlier stated that the pods would have an adverse impact on the character and appearance of the surrounding countryside, in particular the unspoilt vista along the waterfront location.
They also flet the scheme would not be in keeping with the site of a listed building.
However, councillors were of the opinion that the proposals would have an economic and rural tourism benefit, and felt would not have a significant negative impact on the listed building or the surrounding area.
Coun Andrew Kay said: “This is possibly another rural pub on the edge of closure.
“Do we want another empty boarded up pub, particularly one that’s listed?
“This is trying to do something innovative. I have seen similar pods in other areas of natural beauty; they are made out of natural wood and sit very easily in the natural environment and are in sharp contrast to caravans.
“I really don’t think they are going to spoil the view across the Lune.”
Coun Keith Budden said: “I think the pods will sit very well on the site.”
Coun Roger Sherlock raised concerns about flooding. The surrounding area is known to flood regularly at times of high tide, but the Environment Agency raised no objections to the proposals after flood risk assessment and flood evacuation plans were submitted.