A TOURISM boost could be in the offing for a West Cumbria village if plans for a holiday site get the go ahead.

In a vision submitted to Copeland Borough Council, it has been proposed that land next to Partfield House at Drigg would become a motorhome site with a number of timber cabins providing self-contained holiday cabins. There would also be a site shop and communal shower block.

The applicants, a Mr & Mrs Usher, stated that the site would provide a “valuable service to the village and localised area”.

The proposal stated: “The intention of the applicant is to be of a benefit to the local community using local contractors and suppliers where possible when the site is operational. They themselves have moved from outside the area and are undertaking a full renovation and extension of Partfield House.”

The applicants added that they wanted the site to make a wider contribution to the community in the form of local jobs.

“Whilst the proposed use will be managed by the applicant, there is an intention to provide localised employment as the site and its use establishes itself within the village," added the statement. "Whilst it is difficult to state what scope there will be at this stage, it is thought that it will be provided on a part-time basis and be working in the shop, maintenance of the overall site, cleaning out of cabins and administration of the site.

“The proposed change of use will enhance the current vacant land, benefit the village of Drigg by providing a shop, add to the local economy of immediate local business and the wider context through tourism – also offering a small opportunity for local employment and provide what the applicant has identified as a required service for visiting tourists.

The statement continue: “The proposed design and site layout is sympathetic to the immediate and surrounding environment with minimal change to the street scene to provide screening of the site.

“The site has not been overpopulated with cabins and motorhome bays to not impact on the surrounding area.”

The applicants are currently inviting responses from members of the public.

Interested parties can view the application at copeland.gov.uk.

Use the reference number: 4/21/2252/0F1.