Plans are in the pipeline to put two more shepherd’s huts, which would be used as short-term holiday lets, in the grounds of a detached rural house.

Applicant Mr D Williamson has submitted the application to Carlisle City Council. It relates to Highrigg at Faugh near Brampton.

Mr Williamson is proposing to site the two portable holiday lodges at the site, which is described in a planning document as a “substantial dwelling in the rural area within spacious grounds, which includes copses of trees and large shrubs, and a small lake.”

The accommodation, described as shepherd’s huts, is designed for couples and would be offered as short-term holiday lets.

Each of the huts would have its own designated parking space, and would complement the existing three shepherd’s huts already on the site.

The previous development was granted permission on April 22 after it was submitted in September last year – but the applicant has already decided to expand.

The supportive statement to the application goes on to describe the materials that would be used in the construction if permission was granted.

It reads: “The huts are of timber construction, being the same design as the existing huts, and being on wheels are not fixed structures, but could be moved around the grounds if required.

“The huts will be located within the existing landscape features, so as to be unobtrusive on the landscape.”

Due to ongoing uncertainty on international travel caused by the coronavirus crisis, the UK is expected to experience a boom in demand for so-called ‘staycations’ this summer – and Cumbria is likely to be at the top of many traveller’s lists.

The applicant acknowledges this and the statement added: “The existing shepherd’s huts on the site have identified a demand for such accommodation in the area, which benefits rural tourism and local businesses.”

The application was received by the city council on Friday, May 7. It has currently received no comments either in support or from objectors.

Anyone wishing to make a comment can do so on Carlisle City Council’s website.