A HOLIDAY site has been served with an enforcement notice over 'alien-style' pods it installed without permission.

The long-established Bainbridge Ings Caravan and Campsite, near Hawes in Richmondshire originally applied to the council for the planning permission of smaller pods its guests could stay in.

But when the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority visited the site, they noticed pods of a larger size had been built, along with the use of an unauthorised design and shape.

The holiday site is located in the Yorkshire Dales.

A Yorkshire Dales National Authority planning officer's report said: “The pods appear as wholly alien features within the landscape that detract from the appearance of the site and the immediate area.

"They have no reference or sympathy with local building traditions or natural features within the area."

David Khan managing director of Rural Getaways Ltd who own the holiday site said he intended to challenge the latest ruling.

The original application, which was submitted to the local authority, comprised of a 'small circle' of curved pods.

Chairman of Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council, and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority member described the site's pods as "abominations."

Owners of the site attempted another planning application, retrospectively, which was refused on Tuesday, February 12 by the council's planning committee.

The committee voted in favour of the serving of an enforcement notice for the removal of the pods.

The body said the owners of the site would have to remove the fixtures and fittings, including the pods themselves, along with all fences and hard-standings associated with them.

The Bainbridge Ings Caravan and Campsite has since been served with a three-month 'compliance' period in which they are to carry out the body's removal requests.