Camping pods planned at Cheviot Brewery in rural Northumberland

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Beer enthusiasts could soon have the chance of overnight accommodation just yards from a Northumberland brewery.

Cheviot Brewery had lodged a planning application for six camping pods and three bell tent areas on its site at Slainsfield on Ford and Etal Estates.

It wants to renovate part of the former North Northumberland Hunt kennel buildings and exercise field into a family, double and three single accommodation units, a site office and toilet/utilities block.

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The brewery has a long term lease with Ford and Etal Estates and has previously renovated the other areas of the former kennel site to create its brew house and tap bar. It also manages the nearby Black Bull pub.

Peter Nash and Jonathan Hodgson of Cheviot Brewery.Peter Nash and Jonathan Hodgson of Cheviot Brewery.
Peter Nash and Jonathan Hodgson of Cheviot Brewery.

A report submitted on behalf of the applicant states: ‘The land has been unused in recent years and the remaining old kennel buildings have started to fall into disrepair. In its current state the land offers no real purpose and is an unkept eyesore.

‘The proposal is for a sympathetically landscaped camping site which will provide a pleasant outdoor area for guests to enjoy and also a much improved outlook for local residents and customers of Cheviot Brewery Tap Bar alike.

‘The applicants working with the Ford and Etal Estates have already rejuvenated the majority of the old kennel site and this would make good use of what remains.’

Cheviot Brewery have consulted with their neighbours

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‘No negative comments were received and the residents are happy that the disused site has been and is to be put to good use,’ states the report.

‘The proposals have been produced very much with the local residents in mind by keeping the majority of site activities to the east side furthest away from the residential properties.

‘The site will be well managed to maintain a pleasant and relaxing area for local residents to continue to enjoy and new guests to share.’

Site rules will include quiet time between 10pm and 8am, no large groups, only one vehicle per unit, no open fires and barbecues only in designated hard standing areas.

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