BikePark Wales’ plans to offer accommodation will become a reality after councillors gave the scheme the go-ahead.
The renowned adventure park has got permission to build 36 camping pods – wooden cabins – and five chalets at the Gethin Woodland Centre site in Abercanaid just off the A470 near Merthyr Tydfil .
The application includes plans for a shower and toilet block, play and picnic area and a new 150-space car parking area.
There will also be a network of trails for walkers and cyclists crossing the site.
A council planning officer told members of the planning, regulatory and licensing committee on January 8 that the application would create 16 extra jobs at the park and that measures would be put in place to protect the landscape, trees and protected species.
Councillor Clive Jones said: “They have clearly been very, very successful and have captured a niche in the market here.”
He said they are making the most of the mountains and wonderful scenery and the additional 16 jobs would mean there would be 70 full-time workers at the park.
He said people from all over the UK and from further afield visit the park.
He said: “This in my view is adding something to what is a very successful venture.”
Councillor Gareth Lewis, the local councillor, welcomed the proposals, saying BikePark Wales is “well-established” and “very well thought of”.
He said: “This can only enhance its appeal and complement the growing number of guest houses and B&Bs.”
He said the variety of accommodation is slowly growing in Merthyr and that what is needed now is a hotel.
Councillor Malcolm Colbran echoed what Cllrs Jones and Lewis said, saying it is a “very welcome development.”
Since BikePark Wales was first opened, it has seen an increase in visitor numbers – from about 47,500 in 2013-14 to 75,000 in 2017-18.
BikePark Wales thinks the new facilities would increase visitor numbers to the park by a further 30% by 2022. Officials said this could boost trade for local businesses.