Glamp­ing pod plans to be ap­proved

Cynon Valley - - NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

PLANS for a new glamp­ing site in the Val­leys are set to be ap­proved by Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil.

If ap­proved, part of a farm at the head of the Cynon and Rhondda Val­leys would see 10 hol­i­day-let pods cre­ated.

The new site is pro­posed for Pen­cae­draen Farm in Rhi­gos, which strad­dles the bor­der be­tween RCT and Neath.

Ac­cord­ing to book­ing web­site Camp­, there are cur­rently no glamp­ing sites in RCT.

Sub­mit­ted by a Mr Owens, the pro­pos­als are set to be ap­proved when the coun­cil’s plan­ning and devel­op­ment com­mit­tee meets on Thurs­day.

In its rea­sons for rec­om­mend­ing ap­proval, the re­port out­lin­ing the plans said: “The pro­posal to use the land for hol­i­day leisure/tourism pur­poses by the sit­ing of ‘glamp­ing pods’ is con­sid­ered to be com­pat­i­ble with sur­round­ing land uses, given its semi-ru­ral lo­ca­tion.

“Fur­ther­more, the scale and ap­pear­ance of the ‘glamp­ing pods’ are con­sid­ered ac­cept­able.

“Over­all, the scheme is con­sid­ered ac­cept­able in terms of its im­pact upon the char­ac­ter and ap­pear­ance of the area, res­i­den­tial amenity of the clos­est dwellings and high­way safety.”

The 0.28-hectare site lies close to the A465 – be­tween Di­nas Ter­race and Coed Wern­hir, and the re­port said no ob­jec­tions to the plans had been re­ceived.

Nine of the pods would be for ac­com­mo­da­tion, with the 10th con­tain­ing ameni­ties in­clud­ing a bath­room for shared use, it added.

All of the pods, which are set to have a height of 2.7 me­tres and area of 11sq m, will sit on mo­bile steel bases, and were de­scribed as “mod­est struc­tures”.

They will have a curved roof with tim­ber cladding, and are to be screened from view of the near­est roads by wood­land.

The pods will each sleep up to two peo­ple, and the re­port as­sured coun­cil­lors there will be “suf­fi­cient space” to ac­com­mo­date park­ing.

Con­clud­ing, the re­port added: “Hav­ing taken ac­count of all of the is­sues out­lined above, it is con­sid­ered that the sub­mis­sion rep­re­sents a hol­i­day leisure/tourism use that it com­pat­i­ble with its ru­ral set­ting. Fur­ther­more, the scale and ap­pear­ance of the glamp­ing pods them­selves are con­sid­ered ac­cept­able. There­fore, the scheme is con­sid­ered ac­cept­able in terms of its im­pact upon the char­ac­ter and ap­pear­ance of the area, upon res­i­den­tial amenity and high­way safety.

“It is also con­sid­ered that any im­pacts, upon land­scape and ecol­ogy, aris­ing from the op­er­a­tion of the use could be ad­e­quately man­aged by the use of an ap­pro­pri­ately worded con­di­tion. There­fore the pro­posal is rec­om­mended for ap­proval, sub­ject to the con­di­tions spec­i­fied.”

Plans for 10 glamp­ing pods at Pen­cae­draen Farm, Rhi­gos, are set to be ap­proved by Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil

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