You may soon be able to stay the night at Merthyr Tydfil’s BikePark Wales if new plans get the go-ahead.
A proposal to build 36 camping pods – wooden cabins – and five chalets at the renowned outdoor adventure park in at Gethin Woodland Centre in Abercanaid have been recommend for approval to the council’s planning committee.
The application includes plans for a shower and toilet block, play and picnic area, and a new 150-space car parking area with space for seven motor-homes and 46 overflow spaces and new access routes for vehicles and pedestrians.
The proposed camping pods and chalets would be located within the existing woodland area and would be linked together by a network of trails for walkers and cyclists.
Each chalet would have three bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room.
The proposed toilet and shower block would be located at the western part of the woodland near the existing car park and would have 12 shower blocks for both campers and visitors to the mountain bike centre.
The play area would be located in the northern part of the site and it would include balance beams, stepping stones, and climbing frames as well as picnic tables and it would be linked to the camping area and visitor centre by a network of trails.
No public objections were sent to the council relating to the application.
The proposed development forms part of BikePark Wales’ ambition to strengthen its position as a premier mountain bike destination.
Since BikePark Wales was first established it has seen a continual increase in visitor numbers from approximately 47,500 in 2013-14 to 75,000 in 2017-18.
In the application’s design and access statement it says that continued growth in the mountain bike market is expected but that it will also become increasingly competitive.
BikePark Wales thinks the new facilities would increase visitor numbers to the park by a further 30% by 2022 and this would improve the viability of the business and increase the positive impacts it has on the local economy through the creation of jobs and the availability of overnight accommodation in the local area.
The plans go before the council’s planning, regulatory and licensing committee on Wednesday, January 8.