Plans to make farm log cabin in Hartlepool into holiday site accessible for people with disabilities

The log cabin at Crookfoot Farm which could be used by tourists.
The log cabin at Crookfoot Farm which could be used by tourists.

A log cabin on a farm in Hartlepool could be used as a short breaks base for families which include people with disabilities.

The cabin, which is at Crookfoot Farm, in Elwick, has been on the site for 13 years and was used as temporary accommodation whilst the farm house was being built.

The proposal is for the cabin to be used as ‘accessible’ tourism accommodation for people who have mobility issues or who use wheelchairs.

The applicant behind the plans has said that the lodge is large enough to accommodate people travelling with carers (or extended family) and will also be dog-friendly.

A decision on the proposal is set to be made next month when the application is heard by councillors on Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee.

Speaking about the plans, applicant Diane Shadforth, who owns Crookfoot Farm, said: “There is a significant shortage of ‘accessible’ accommodation in the UK and that is why our proposal to provide a wheelchair friendly lodge is being supported by Tourism for All UK who run the Open Britain website which lists suitable accommodation for the disabled market.

“I know a lot of people like to holiday in family groups and the lodge is large enough to accommodate these or people who need to travel with carers.

“As well as providing people with unique accommodation we’ve also found out through research that the benefits that this would bring to Hartlepool are huge.”

The application will be heard by councillors on April 12, at which point a decision is expected to be made over the proposal.