Plans lodged for holiday huts near national park

Ingram and the Breamish Valley. Picture by Jane Coltman
Ingram and the Breamish Valley. Picture by Jane Coltman

Plans have been lodged for nine shepherds’ huts to provide holiday accommodation in Ingram.

A full planning application has been submitted by the Northumberland Estates for a site which lies just outside the boundary of Northumberland National Park with access via a track leading from the car-parking facilities at the Valley Cottage Café and Information Centre.

It has previously been leased by the National Park and used for camping, storage, sign building and dry stone wall practice, but is now vacant and available.

A report accompanying the application states: “The proposed development will greatly support rural economic growth in the local area, providing a unique form of holiday accommodation that is not currently available in the area, which is available all year round given the high quality specification of the shepherds huts.

“It is anticipated that at least one full-time job will be created, with somebody employed to be responsible for the maintenance, management and visitor bookings.

“The proposed development will support the vitality of the local rural community, providing additional visitor numbers to the area which will benefit the nearby services and facilities, both in Ingram and beyond.

“The proposed shepherds huts will contribute to the character of the natural, built, and historic environment because they are a traditional feature of the Ingram Valley, having been used for centuries as traditional shepherd accommodation.

“The proposed development will maintain and enhance visitor numbers to Northumberland National Park, particularly given the site’s proximity to the park and the information centre.”