HOWWOOD residents have said they are “furious” to learn of plans to build glamping pods next to their homes without consultation.

Locals living close to Bowfield Hotel and Country Club have raised their concerns about the proposed 10 timber lodges which hotel bosses hope to open to guests early next year.

One resident, who moved into a property in Bowfield Road recently and asked not to be identified, told The Gazette they were not informed about the plans until the weekend before they moved in.

“The whole neighbourhood is furious,” said the resident. 

“I would not have bought this house if I had been told beforehand about these plans, and if they go ahead, it would be terrible for the local community.

“The main concern is the lodges being so close to our property, because they are planning to build right up to our fence line.

“These lodges can hold up to six people each and are likely to attract stag and hen parties, along with all the noisy activities these events can bring.

“The construction of the lodges would increase our loss of privacy and be destructive to wildlife in the local green-belt area.”

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The resident also voiced concerns about the possibility of an increased fire risk, traffic congestion and additional sewage systems having to be installed.

Each of the 10 proposed glamping pods would have a living room, bedroom, shower and hot tub area, and be located in a field to the right of the driveway on entry to the hotel.

David Tracey, managing director at Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group, said: “It has always been our intention to fully engage with our neighbours about this development, as their views are important to us.

“However, this proposed development is in very early stages, with our planning application only just submitted.

“We will be communicating with our local community when we have made more progress with Renfrewshire Council, and we will be keeping our neighbours updated.”

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