A GLAMPING tent village could be coming to fields in the Ribble Valley if councillors give an application the green light.

Guy Hindley, of Ribblesdale Park, wants to erect 20 glamping tents with fencing and outdoor seating, four toilet cubicles, shower units and also a shepherd’s hut reception near Gisburn Park Hospital.

Philip Cottier, from Clitheroe-based Sunderland Peacock & Associates Ltd, submitted the plans on behalf of Mr Hindley.

The nearby hospital building is Grade I-listed while Gisburne Park is a Grade-II registered park.

The heritage planning statement said: “The development proposals do not include works to the physical fabric of the listed building nor do they propose physical alterations to the layout of the park or its elements and buildings.

“This application only proposes to establish new uses for the application sites to provide accommodation space, with associated amenities and parking.

“The glamping tents, cubicles and shepherd's hut are modest in size and are potentially temporary structures and can be removed if required at a later date.”

The tents will be standing at approximately 3m in height and approximately 5m in diameter.

They will be situated on the perimeter of the site and facing inwards to provide community, privacy and to minimise any potential light spill.

It added: “The loss of this open space is regrettable; however, all will not be lost on account of the positioning of the glamping village around the perimeter of the site thus still providing a large amount of open space to the centre of the proposed glamping village.

“The land can also be returned to open space in the future if required due to the reversibility of the proposal.”

In summing up bosses say the development would be an ‘extension of the range of tourism and visitor facilities present within the borough.’

They said: “The growth of an existing tourism business, including employment growth, all of which will contribute to the growth of the local economy. Given the impacts of the development proposal site is expected that these public benefits would sufficiently outweigh the harm caused.”