PLANS to create a glamping site at a Flintshire farm have been backed to go ahead, despite concerns over the impact on a nearby beauty spot.

An application was entered to put five glamping pods on land at Y Fron Farm in Cilcain in December last year.

An agent acting on behalf of Sion Roberts, who owns the farm, said the site on Mountain Road would be used to accommodate tourists seeking rural holidays.

He added it would ensure the long term commercial viability of

the farm and boost the local economy.

The proposals are set to go before Flintshire Council’s planning committee next week.

Ahead of the virtual meeting, local councillor Owen Thomas said he was worried about the impact the development would have on the surrounding Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

However, the scheme has been recommended for approval by the local authority’s chief planning officer, who said the body responsible for looking after the area had raised no objections.

In his report, Andrew Farrow said: “As referenced the site is located within the open countryside and the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), where in accord with the planning policy framework the impact of development on the inherent character of the landscape requires careful assessment.

“For members’ information amended plans have been submitted to secure improved landscaping on the site, following initial consultation on the application with the AONB Joint Advisory Committee.

“It is considered that the number of units by virtue of their proposed scale, form, contemporary design and comprehensive landscaping would not represent overdevelopment at this location and can be satisfactorily assimilated into the site and wider surroundings.”

Mr Farrow said the AONB committee and Natural Resources Wales had asked for conditions to ensure the pods are for holiday use only and that the land is restored if the glamping site stops operating.

He said the stipulations would be included, along with others regarding the colour of the materials and external lighting.

It was noted that the site will be visible from the higher points of Moel Fammau, but would fit in with the farm surroundings.

The AONB committee added the scheme would have a “low impact” and enhance the tourism on offer in the area.

The application will be considered by councillors at an online meeting on Wednesday, July 8.