A “NEW and exciting accommodation option” could be created near Pencaitland.

Six glamping pods are planned for land at Boggs Holdings, to the north-east of the village.

Proposals have been lodged with East Lothian Council’s planning department, with developers claiming demand for glamping pods is “high” throughout the country.

A design and access statement, included with the application from SA Fairgrieve Ltd, highlights what is planned for the site.

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It reads: “The development will increase footfall for local businesses and, through correct marketing, should increase the length of time tourists remain in the local area.

“This will be beneficial to the local economy.

“The applicant intends to build relationships with local businesses in the area to offer their goods and services to guests.

“The operator will promote these services within the pods, along with providing the guests with local knowledge of the many beauty spots to visit, allowing them to connect with nature and the surrounding area.

“The operator also intends to use local businesses where possible to carry out groundworks and installation of services, utilising local suppliers and local labour.

“The development will also support local employment with the creation of two part-time roles for site cleaning and maintenance.”

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The developer states there is “no intention” to use the units for long-term lease or as permanent homes, and notes that the compact footprint of the pods would not be suited to either use.

Floor plans for the six pods show a separate bathroom, as well as an open living space including kitchen facilities.

The design and access statement notes that the buildings have “a small footprint” and are of a temporary nature.

In turn, it means “less intrusive construction methods and less environmental impact”.

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The document continues: “Through a thoughtful and considered approach, the design for this proposal emphasises the integration of a small-scale development with the natural landscape to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all guests.

“The project aims to promote sustainability and a harmonious connection between the built environment and the rural surroundings.

“Based on the points discussed throughout this document, it is reasonable to suggest that the proposed glamping accommodation is warranted in this location, to cater for increasing visitor demand, without sacrificing the area’s beauty, ecology or heritage assets.”

A decision on the proposals is expected by the middle of May.