A proposal to create a glamping destination one of England’s greatest monasteries is being recommended for approval despite opposition from a prominent conservationist.

Former regional chairman of the National Trust Sir Nigel Forbes Adam has written to the North York Moors National Park Authority to “object in the strongest terms” to a campsite being launched on the former monastic Outer Court of grade I listed Byland Abbey, near Ampleforth.

His comments come ahead of the authority considering the plan to offer “high-end staycations” in 12 bell tents in the garden of the grade II listed Byland Abbey Inn .

Jake Hunt, who took over the running of the tea rooms, bar, restaurant and bed and breakfast, in October, has stated the campsite would produce “a substantial positive impact” on the long-term viability of his family’s business.

He said: “We believe this proposal speaks to the strategic aims of North York Moors National Park and offers huge positives to the area and a critical lifeline for a small business that has been severely impacted by the pandemic.”

Mr Hunt added the campsite would have “minimal to zero impact” on the 12th century Cistercian abbey as it would be limited to a discreet area of an underutilised garden for seven months a year.

However, in a letter of objection, Sir Nigel, wrote: “The traffic is increasing year by year and the whole idea is compromising one of the most beautiful abbeys in the British Isles and turning it into a noisy inappropriate environment. The presence of the abbey must be preserved.”

Residents have also claimed the campsite would aggravate road safety issues, spoil views and impact on the abbey’s tranquility.

 However, recommending approval, planning officers said it would provide additional accommodation in a tourism hotspot and help ensure the long-term viability of such a business.”