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40.1 Proposals to improve existing tourist facilities will be encouraged. New tourist facilities will be supported and planning permission will be granted for those to be located:

  1. Within town centres or local shopping centres in line with Policy 25,


  2. In villages or rural areas (with the exception of major hotels) provided that proposals:

    1. Are of an appropriate scale, AND
    2. Re-use an existing building of traditional construction, OR
    3. Will redevelop within the footprint of an existing building in the open countryside without the need for large scale extension64. AND
    4. Assist rural regeneration in a location where the environment and the transport and utility infrastructure can accommodate the visitor impact.

40.2 New build will be acceptable only where it is in line with Policies 24, 28 and 32.

40.3 Proposals for major hotels65 will be supported and planning permissions will be granted in locations in order of the following priority:

  1. Within a town centre,
  2. On the edge of centre,
  3. Elsewhere within a settlement boundary only where there is an identified need which cannot be met through development in a) or b) and the site is readily accessible by public transport.

40.4 Exception to all of the above would be where proposals are for development within the designated Country Park (see proposals map).

40.5 Planning permission for the diversification of agricultural enterprises to tourism facilities (including hotel, B&B, self catering accommodation, touring caravan or tent sites) will be granted for those that are in line with Policy 1 and comply with point 2 above and/or Policy 24.

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