Planning permission has been granted for a dozen new glapming pods and three holiday lodges in the Otter Valley in East Devon.
The new facilities will expand Otter Falls, in New Road, Upottery, a holiday park that already offers cottages and luxury lodges, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives.
The accommodation will be created along with parking including two electric vehicle charging points, landscaping, access and drainage improvements.
Although it looks like it could fly in the face of some of our policies, in actual fact when you look at it in the grand scale of things it really doesn’t…
The development technically goes against East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Local Plan as it is within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where new developments are prohibited.
But members of the authority’s planning committee argued that any downsides of the new pods and lodges could be mitigated.
They gave the go-ahead on the condition that no light pollution arises and that the new pods and lodges will be be short enough to be mostly hidden by surrounding trees.
Tale Vale representative Councillor Philip Skinner said: “Although it looks like it could fly in the face of some of our policies, in actual fact when you look at it in the grand scale of things it really doesn’t.
“What we’re trying to create in the AONB is an environment people can enjoy.”
Dunkeswell and Otterhead ward member Cllr David Key said some local residents were concerned by the new holiday accommodation, but he did not think the area would be too affected by the extra traffic.