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Canal boats could be diversified into farmland holiday homes

Plans have been submitted to put two canal boats on farmland to be used as holiday accommodation. This novel example of rural diversification is located near the Wandylaw covered reservoir and a disused quarry in Northumberland. 

A full application has been submitted on behalf of applicants Mr & Mrs Armstrong for the change of use of agricultural land to mixed-use tourism and agricultural land. The proposal was lodged with Northumberland County Council in June and includes plans for two canal boats and associated infrastructure, including a parking area and decking, for holiday-letting purposes. 

Agent George White explained in a statement that, “the proposed development would provide a diversification of the existing agricultural business on site”. He adds, “Parking will be provided within informally, adjacent to the boat while luggage will be transported through a wheelbarrow service, if required”.

It concludes, “The proposed development will provide additional visitor accommodation in an established tourist area, while also helping to support a sustainable rural economy. It will further help to diversify an existing rural business”. 


Source: Northumberland Gazette 


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