FIFTEEN eco-lodges for weekend and week-long retreats could be coming to Ribble Valley if plans are approved at a Lancashire wedding venue.

Stanton Andrews Architects in Clitheroe have submitted an application for the self-catering lodges at Eaves Hall on land off Moor Lane in West Bradford.

Bosses at Eaves Hall say the small-scale tourist attraction will provide additional accommodation for wedding guests.

The report to planners said: “Eaves Hall serves as a venue for weddings with evening guest numbers ranging from a minimum of 90 guests to occasional 220 guests.

“At present, it currently has 30 bedrooms providing 36 beds in total and an additional gatehouse.

“The first and largest driver for demand is that there is insufficient capacity within the main Eaves Hall building to provide bedrooms for everyone who wants to stay over on the night of the wedding they are attending.

“The guests are currently limited in their occupation to the night of the wedding.”

They also say that people travelling from over three hours away the chance to offer more than one night’s stay would be ‘very attractive’.

It added: “For example, for guests travelling from London to attend a wedding, there is the prospect of a six-hour journey before the event which will necessitate an early start.

“The same six-hour journey awaits the morning after the event.

“There is currently no alternative to the one night stay. The proposed eco-lodges would provide the ideal short stay (three, five and seven-night packages) accommodation required.

“The siting of the development is considered to be beneficial for the local economy of West Bradford and beyond will outweigh any immediate minor visual landscape impacts that the scheme may impose.”