READERS have been left divided over a controversial change-of-use application seeking permission to turn a paddock into a glamping facility.

The plan has been recommended to the borough council's planning committee for refusal.

The plan for the coastal site opposite The Clarkes Hotel in Rampside, near Barrow, has been hit with 46 objections.

Members of the public have expressed a multitude of concerns including over possible disturbance from holidaymakers and the facility's potential impact on the landscape.

The proposal from Mr A Davies is for six metal-clad 4.9m by 2.2m huts with a car parking space for each.

The huts would have their own electricity and water supplies and each provide space for two people.

Tracy Garnett said: “I don't think the field lends itself to Glamping Pods it would look out of place and more importantly developing a green space that is utilised fully by the villagers for events and sheep grazing. If the Clarke's want to use this land for further profit why don't they put on events that use a marquee?”

Kevin Beattie said: “That area is already bad for traffic, it's narrow and there are two roads joining opposite, not ideal when there are children living and playing in the village, plus there is a lack of green areas it's prime open land that should be left as such.”

Furness Abbot said: “Rampside NIMBYs in full flow.”

Lindsey Wiejak said: “It would be a real eyesore on a main road.”

One reader welcomed the plan, stating that the area has needed ‘something done with it for years’.

Kevin Hinchley said: “I think it's a brilliant idea needed something done with it for years be beautiful to look over the bay at night can only be good for Rampside.”