A PROPOSED new glamping and camping site in Tosside has been turned down because of its impact on the special qualities of the Forest of Bowland.

Craven District Council has also refused permission for the siting of six glamping pods, five pitches for touring caravans and an unspecified number of camping pitches at Lower Brayshaw, because of the site being inaccessible by public transport.

The scheme, also including toilets, shower block, cycle parking and wildlife pond, about two miles from Tosside and accessed via a farm track, would be unsustainable and is therefore unacceptable development, the council has stated.

In an officer's report, the application by Beverley Robinson is recommended for refusal also due to a lack of need in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and inadequate assessment of flood risk.

The report says: "The increase in activity at the site and arising the site from vehicle movements would erode the special qualities of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty contrary to Craven Local Plan.

"There is no evidential need for the proposal to be located within the AONB. The site is within an isolated location beyond reasonable access by non-vehicular transport to the necessary facilities and services required for holidaymakers."