PLANS to transform a wooded area in Oakley into a suitable site for five glamping pods have been approved. 

Mr Cree Spowart, owner of the land to the east of Inzievar Estate’s North Lodge, initially submitted the plans in August 2022 and over a year later they have finally been given the green light. 

In a planning statement submitted to Fife Council, he said: "There is a growing demand for staycations in Scotland and we believe this will generate and promote tourism in the area.

“This development will bring employment and profit to local facilities and shops.

"The area is an idyllic location which will attract holidaymakers and clientele passionate for the countryside such as artists, hikers, cyclists and photographers.” 

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Mr Spowart is hoping that 'glamorous camping' will have a positive impact on the area and will appeal to hikers and cyclists alike with its easy access to the West Fife Way.

While the pods will be located in a wooded area, a supporting statement added: "No trees will be removed, actually the complete opposite will be happening.

"No trees require to be removed as the area where the pods are to be situated is quite sparsely populated with trees.

"The client will be planting approximately 50 trees that are native to Scotland (alder, ash, hawthorn, maple) with the addition of possibly a few sweet gum trees for autumn colour."

In approving the plans, a Fife Council planning officer said the proposal would be "acceptable" subject to conditions.