A new dog walking enclosure could be coming to a town in South Cumbria in response to demand.

Pooch Pods Ltd has submitted a planning application to The Yorkshire Dales National Park to create a dog walking enclosure on land next to Devils Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale.

Proposals include the creation of an enclosed private field offering safe and secure spaces for dog owners to book time slots to allow their pets to play off lead.

The proposed space would be available for local dog owners, trainers, dog walkers and breed-specific groups to book.

In planning documents, the applicant says: “I have seen many comments and requests on social media from individuals that are visiting the area and are seeking this service.”

It is proposed the field will be divided into four sections with six feet high deer fencing constructed around the entire boundary. The current walls, tree and hedges will remain untouched unless they are in need of repair, a design and access statement says.

Planning documents from the applicant add: “We already have a large client base who have expressed a need for this service.”

The plans have received comments of support with one stating: “I think this is a fantastic idea and will be a great addition to the local area.

“On local Facebook groups, there are many frequent posts asking if there are any enclosed dog fields people can rent to allow their dogs off lead time; the closest is in Kendal or Langcliffe near Settle.

“With the amount of livestock fields in the local area, people are unable to let their dogs run off-lead without the worry of them bothering animals.”

The planning application is currently under consideration.