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A new luxury glamping site – complete with hot tubs for residents – could be built in the picturesque setting of Rostrevor.

The development plans – consisting of a total of six bespoke, handcrafted wooden modules – have been filed with Newry, Morne and Down District Council.

The proposals were written on behalf of Tom and Janette Franklin.

They relate to a site on the Kilfeaghan Road – currently described as light farm and grazing land – and would provide everything needed for a relaxing stay.

It would be known as Loughview Luxury Glamping.

There would also be a constructed parking and turning area, with an area for recycling, waste and bicycle storage.

According to the application: “One parking space per pod is offered, as well as two additional spaces for maintenance, an EV charging point and an accessible parking space.

“The site will be accessible via an existing road track.

“Each guest pod will have a secluded area of ​​terrace to the side and front with a hot tub and lounging area to enjoy the surrounding panoramic views.”

Also planned are associated sidewalks and soft landscaping of the entire site.

Each pod will have its own exclusive hot tub, with an outdoor seating area including a fire pit/BBQ adjacent to the hot tub deck.

The pods are designed to be handicapped friendly with a “fully sized handicapped bathroom” and parking as well.

Several letters of support have already been received.

Among these is one from My Way Access, which says the site should “help fill the gap in disability-friendly self-catering accommodation in Northern Ireland”.

Another from Irene Hamilton, commercial director of Carlingford Lough Ferry, expresses her support for the Franklins’ development plans.

He says: “We think this will be a fantastic addition to the accommodation offer in the area.”

According to a design and access statement: “The proposed glamping site will provide subtle and low-key countryside accommodation for tourists visiting the attractions of this region on short breaks and weekends.”

And he adds: “The proposals will create a significant economic benefit for the surrounding region and local businesses.

“As this area of ​​the country is such a popular tourist destination, this proposed accommodation will allow visitors to be outdoors and enjoy what the countryside has to offer.”

The design statement continues: “The concept of luxury glamping is now gaining popularity across Ireland and the UK, with standards and customer expectations rising.

“It is anticipated by the site operator that this site will be among the best available in the region, offering a level of luxury and comfort unmatched by other existing sites.”

It will provide “an enhanced experience for customers through good design and a range of well-thought-out integrated facilities”.

The proposals will now be announced shortly with a decision expected in due course.

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