Full approval was given by the Council to change a paddock used for grazing into a site with three fixed holiday caravanserais and three camping cabins.
Pendle Borough Council approved, on conditional terms, plans to place three fixed vacation caravans and three campgrounds on the grounds at the Ben Lane Stables in Ben Lane, Barnoldswick, saying: “There is a positive presumption in favor of approving the development and there are no material grounds to object to the application.”
An initial application was submitted in July last year, with a second application submitted to the board in March.
At last week’s Planning Committee meeting, council members approved proposals for the site, which currently consists of a small stable building, an adjoining rail room, a riding yard/iqbal area, and a field.
A planning statement submitted to the council read: “The request is to change the use of the grazing field from the grazing land to allow the locations of three fixed vacation caravans and three camping cabins.
“The current access from Ben Lin will not change and a new penetrable path will be provided in the ring.
“Existing stables and riding yard/turnout area will be maintained.
“The applicant intends that this new holiday residence venture will operate in tandem with the stables.
“The intent is to market accommodations to tourists who may be attracted to the site where they can bring their horses and take advantage of the stable facility already on site.
“The development therefore meets WRK5 Policy Criteria 1 in that it will help promote sustainable tourism associated with walking, horse riding and biking and an appreciation of the area’s natural and historical environment.
“The development will also help improve the quality and diversity of the existing tourism offer within the local area.”
Upon approval of the Schemes, the Resolution of the Board stated: “Accommodations approved under these Schemes shall be occupied for vacation purposes only and shall not be occupied as a single or primary residence of a person.
“Site operators shall maintain an up-to-date record of the occupants of their Holiday Accommodations and their home addresses, and shall make this information available at all reasonable times to the local planning authority.”
It was recognized that the proposed development, once completed, would provide a new tourism project that should be beneficial to the local economy, while at the same time having minimal impact on the nature of the area.
The planning statement continued: “The number of vehicle movements likely to occur with such a development will be minimal and no modifications to existing access arrangements will be required.
Therefore, the council is required to support the request.”