A redundant picnic site off the A149 at Dersingham could be re-opened as a touring caravan and camping site under new plans submitted to West Norfolk Council.

The applicant, a client of Holt Architectural, based in Colkirk near Fakenham, is seeking planning permission to develop a site with 52 pitches, seven  sites for tents and three disabled ‘camping pods’.

During daylight hours, families will be able to stop off and use the picnic area and play park, while only pre-booked residents will be able to access the pitches. Number plate recognition technology will be used to control access.

The application says the site has been subject to illegal occupation and fly-tipping in recent years and the project would bring it back into use while bringing more trade to the village.

Two toilet and shower blocks, a reception point and shop are also proposed at the site, near Dersingham Bog and Heath.

“All of the new buildings are to be single-storey and timber clad,” the application says.

“The existing lavatory block is to be retained and used for a laundry and disabled toilet.”

In total, 79 parking spaces are proposed and the site would be overseen by a warden if the scheme goes ahead. a wardens lodge is also proposed.

Access will be via the A149 Dersingham bypass and new roads are planned on site.

A heritage statement accompanying the application says the site falls within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

It was previously owned by the Crown, but was leased as a picnic area to Norfolk County Council in 1976.

The site does not fall within a conservation area, but it is near a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is close to four sites of archeological interest, including possible Roman and second world war remains.

The borough council is expected to make a decision the application by the mid-July.