A WOMAN is planning to set up innovative, eco-friendly accommodation to attract tourists to Todmorden and boost the local economy.
Lorna Beaird, who owns land off Dobroyd Road, is looking to create facilities including a camping area to accommodate visitors to the town.
Lorna said the site is in an ideal location for tourists, as it is situated near the Rochdale Canal, Pennine Way and the cycle network.
“I love the valley,” she said. “We have got incredible surroundings.
“I want to revive the economy and keep the market going, which I think we are very lucky to have.
“The facilities will provide employment for six people. There will be groundsmen and security staff.”
Lorna has been in contact with Amazonails about the possiblity of using strawbale techniques for constructing some of the buildings on the site.
“It will be as green as it possibly can be,” she said.
“The whole project is based on the ethic of sustainability.
“I would hope to start the building work by spring next year. It’s really exciting.”
She anticipates the facilities being used by holidaymakers, walking groups and for school trips.
“Schools could come and stay, giving the children a chance to be educated on the town’s industrial history and get healthy with outdoor activities,” she said.
Lorna, who has worked in the health sector for 30 years, has been running outdoor tai chi classes on the land for many years.
She will be submitting a planning application for the project to Calderdale Council in the next few months.