The attempt to boost the village’s tourism and leisure facilities could include wooden “camping pods” alongside a regular space to pitch tents and park camper vans.
The proposal is on land between the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and River Colne close to lock number 38.
The applicant SB Homes, already has permission to run “bushcraft activities” in the woods on green belt land between the two waterways.
Plans submitted to the council show they now want to improve the facility to allow “users to experience the woods throughout the day, evenings and night”.
It is the process of learning outdoor survival skills including fire-building, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter building, navigation and using tools such as knives and axes.
It has become popular with children, helping to understand nature and develop confidence and team working skills.
A toilet block and parking area would also be created, with access via a track used by the Canal and Rivers Trust at the junction of Marsden Lane and Warehouse Mill Road.
The applicant’s planning statement says the plan will create one full time job and could boost tourist income to the village.
It says: “This proposal fills a gap in the leisure market in Marsden by providing camping facilities immediately adjacent to the canal corridor popular with cyclists and walkers currently not available in Marsden and should be seen as part of the Colne Valley leisure corridor.
“The concept is for the current bushcraft activities to be augmented by camping facilities to enable.
“Due to the dominance of the woodland and the isolated nature of the various timber huts the impact on the surroundings is minimal and the dense tree cover and proposed hedge along the northern boundary will obscure most of the small timber constructions.”
The applicants say people visiting the site for overnight camping will arrive on foot, by bicycle, car and by train.
Post time: Apr-08-2019