AN application for the installation of camping pods in Blackford is set for approval.

The site at the Metal Bridge Inn can only be accessed via the minor road which connects to the C1016 near Floriston. The road is situated close to the M6 motorway, but for a long time had been closed off just beyond the point where it meets with the entrance to the inn.

The inn is a going concern as a public house and restaurant. It has a very large hard surfaced parking area associated with it.

The site area is contained to the south-west of the courtyard of buildings, occupying the north-east end of the site.

A report stated that the area was until recently used for the parking of vehicles for staff and visitors.

The approval would mean that a row of glamping pods can be installed as well as a change of use to an adjacent area for overnight parking of motorhomes. As part of the application, a toilet block, erected without planning permission, is included.

The five glamping pods are already in situ, and although official opening had not taken place, they appeared to be substantially complete.

The application will be discussed on Friday.