Planning permission is being sought for a new catering kiosk at Cragside, in Rothbury.
The proposal is to place the facility at the Crozier car park and play area, at the National Trust visitor attraction.
A design and access statement submitted with the application says: ‘Visitors are currently able to purchase drinks and snacks from a mobile catering van located at the site, however the van is now no longer fit for purpose and is accumulating significant running costs due to its poor condition.
‘Currently on peak days the van cannot service demand with long queues forming due to its layout and size restricting the speed of service. The range of products on sale is also very limited due to a lack of internal space and production ability.
‘The purpose of the proposed development is therefore to improve catering facilities and enhance the visitor experience, while providing an improved working environment for the catering team.
‘The Crozier car park and children’s play area are central to the visitor experience at Cragside, providing outdoor recreational space for visitors and local residents alike. It is particularly popular with families and walkers.’
The catering kiosk would be located in a lay-by opposite the existing toilet block, close to the existing play area and numerous footpaths and trails.
A catering facility at this part of the estate is said to be important, especially as the main visitor centre and café is more than 1km away.