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Hobbit houses could be on the way

Created on 14/10/2020 @ 13:23
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Holiday accommodation fit for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins could be built near Llanrhaeadr-yn-Mochnant.

The Morris family have applied for planning permission to build two “Hobbit houses” with the associated infrastructure at Trewern farm to the east of the village. The property already serves as a 320-acre sheep and dairy cattle farm.

Agent, Richard Corbett, explained the proposal in a planning and design statement.

Mr Corbett said: “The Morris family would like to offer a unique holiday experience, allowing visitors to relax and escape in this rural setting while having tourist attractions nearby. The clients have realised the need to diversify due to the unpredictable dairy market.

“The proposed development site includes the area of land to incorporate two hobbit houses, the proposed access and car-parking spaces. The small site can be developed without detrimental effect on the surrounding landscape. ”

Mr Corbett added that tourism is one of the largest employers and rivals agriculture in its economic importance to Powys, supporting more than 12,300 jobs.

Mr Corbett said: “Tourism in Powys helps to support other industries such as agriculture, crafts and local services. Although only a small site, it will contribute to the local economy from the construction stage through to bringing visitors to the area.”

A major study conducted by Tripadvisor has found that ‘getting back to nature’ holidays are set to be the new trend. They found that travellers are much more likely to want to take a trip

where they can relax compared to before the pandemic.

Mr Corbett added: “The Hobbit houses are eco friendly, and are designed out of recycled waste plastic with a real grass roof.

“The proposed development can be sited and developed without detrimental effect on the surrounding landscape and the existing trees.”

Created by the academic and fantasy novelist, JRR Tolkien, Hobbits are a race resembling very short humans, who live in underground houses in a part of Middle-Earth known as The Shire. Bilbo and Frodo Baggins are the main characters in the books which became blockbuster films.

PICTURE: How a Hobbit House could look.

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporter


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