PLANS for a tourism development on the outskirts of Rhayader have been submitted to Powys County Council (PCC).

Landowner Jake Powell wants to change the use of agricultural land at Cae Newydd, so that he can put six holiday lodges there.

Four lodges would have two bedrooms.

Two lodges would be three bedroomed and includes the installation of a septic tank.

Shaun Jones, of agents Halls, said in the planning design and access statement: “The applicant owns approximately 19 acres of grassland surrounding a dwelling called Cae Newydd.

“The south and west facing slopes of the application site makes it ideally suited for this type of leisure accommodation.

“The gradient is ideal for incorporating the lodges into the slope with minimal landscape and visual impact.

“The  access to the site is approximately 250 metres form the A470 and is situated a quarter of a mile south east of Rhayader.

“The purpose is to establish a leisure enterprise which is a new income stream for a family which is not relying on the common agricultural policy support (European Union farming subsidy)  and not influenced by volatility within commodity prices such as lamb and beef.”

According to the DAS foundations are not required as the lodges have a timber frame which will be delivered in sections and built on site and placed on a hardcore base.

The applicants believe that this would mean that there would be; “a very minimal requirement for aggregate/materials to complete the construction”.

Mr Jones added: “Visitors will be able to walk to the site from Rhayader.

“The proposed lodges are modest in size so that they are suitable for short term holiday lets but not suitable for permanent living.”

The DAS concludes by saying it expands on the “tourism offering” near Rhayader and will generate employment.