Bradford Council have approved contentious plans to serve alcohol at Olicana Park caravan site, near Addingham.
The Dales Way passes through the site, passing the restaurant and cafe based in a new log cabin at the entrance to the site.
Approval for a cafe there had been previously granted in 2016. The new licence allows alcohol to be served for consumption on and off the site. The owners, Listers Leisure Ltd., said the business would serve onsite customers and people walking the Yorkshire Dales.
Letters both against and in support of the scheme were evenly matched. Some local residents raised concerns that serving alcohol could lead to an increase in traffic, noise and anti-social behaviour in a picturesque area fo the district. One park resident pointed out that “It is very rare these days to go out for a meal and not have a drink.”
Dales Way walkers might welcome a cafe stop after the first 3 miles on the trail, but it remains to be seen how many will want alcoholic refreshments so early on.