PLANS for a converted barn near Colton hamlet to be used as a holiday let met with approval from Lake District National Park Authority planners.

Applicants Mr and Mrs A Sly, of Bandrake Head, sought consent to occasionally let out their neighbouring "granny annexe" to holidaymakers, rather than sitting empty. In planning documents, they said The Barn had been previously used by an older relative.

Colton Parish Council objected, saying the change would not meet local need for affordable housing with two/three bedrooms. It said 2015 figures showed more than 30 per cent of the parish's dwellings were holiday homes or lets.

However, the LDNPA's development control committee heard The Barn's location and shared services meant it would not be suitable as a separate property. They agreed it could also be used a holiday let as well as ancillary accommodation for Bandrake House.