A ‘GLAMPING’ site with room for 10 timber pods is set to become a reality in Luss after planning permission was granted.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority has given the green light for the proposals at Shemore Farm, located just off the A817 ‘Haul Road’ between Luss and Garelochhead.

A car park and two viewing areas are also part of the plans for the farm, which already has a self-catering holiday cottage.

The land is owned by Luss Estates, but the application, for a ‘change of use’ from agricultural land to a caravan site, has come from tenants Bobby and Anne Lennox, whose family have farmed the land for centuries.

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A report by National Park Authority planning officer Sue Laverge said: “The pods would be identical in size, form and finish with bathroom, open sleeping/ living/kitchen area and small front overhung deck.

“[There would also be] one rear and two vertical windows on either side the door on the front – east facing towards the loch.

“The pods would be built by the applicant off-site on a 10-year phased basis, with each one taken fully formed to the respective stances and bolted down to brackets set in foundations.

“As such and because of their size and design for human habitation they would fall within the statutory definition of a caravan and the developed site a ‘caravan site’.

“The proposal includes the construction of a car park and a spinal path with spurs to each stance and two informal viewing areas.”

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Ms Laverge noted further that the proposal had been slightly amended following feedback at the pre-application stage from the National Park Authority’s landscape adviser.

She added: “The final layout and design uses the natural level areas to minimise ground level changes and to embed the pod stances and the curved path.

“It also uses natural materials, grass drainage swales and pockets of native planting to break up the pod clusters which would ensure the proposal has a low profile and appears unobtrusive from the adjacent property and moreover, in longer distance views.

“On balance, subject to due care at the construction stage and in appropriate longer term maintenance and use of the site, there should be no significant landscape or visual amenity impacts.

“The proposal therefore accords with the key overarching and natural environment policies and would provide basic, comfortable accommodation with extensive views and a visitor working farm experience.”

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