A HOLIDAY park has responded to changing tourism demands caused by the coronavirus pandemic with a new plan for “self-contained accommodation”.

The Beeforth family which owns Middlewood Farm Holiday Park, near Robin Hood’s Bay, has lodged an application with the North York Moors National Park Authority to allow touring caravans or motorhomes to also to use part of the site currently approved for 66 tent pitches.

Planning documents state the proposal would address many problems Covid-19 has raised and claim the site is well screened by trees and mature vegetation so would not have a negative impact on the landscapes of the national park.

They state: “Since the pandemic many UK holiday-makers have changed their habits. Many are taking staycations for the first time and are looking to stay safe in UK holiday parks.

"Further, rather than staying in tents, which are heavily reliant upon the communal toilet and wash block facilities provided by the park, customers are buying their own caravan or motorhome which are much more self contained and allow holiday-makers to feel more comfortable about making a holiday trip.”

The documents add the proposal would also allow more holiday-makers to visit when the weather is wet or cold as touring caravans and motorhomes have modern heating systems and are much more weatherproof than tents.