Plans to turn a clay pigeon shooting range at an ancient woodland near Brecon into a tourist developmen have been approved by Powys County Council planners.

Mr and Mrs Cherrington of Woodland Shooting range, Coed Funglas, Talachddu, near Brecon, lodged plans back in March for eight holiday pods, toilet, and shower block, two sewage treatment plants and all associated works, to be built there.

The shooting range did have an old planning permission going back to 2013.

This would have allowed an indoor shooting range, cafeteria, and toilet facility, to be built there but this had not happened.

Felinfach community council discussed the application and did not object to the proposal but wanted to “draw attention” to concerns that they could be lead contamination at the site, due to the shooting range.

Powys planning officer, Lorraine Jenkin said: “The application site lies within the site of ancient woodland known as Coed Funglas.

“The access to the site will be on the existing access to the clay pigeon shooting use, and all the pods within the site will be connected by pedestrian pathways which are currently in place.

“In conclusion, it is considered that the proposal is a well-designed scheme in terms of design of the proposed units, and the use of the existing buildings.

“The ecological enhancements are considered sufficient for the location and the scale of the proposal.”

Ms Jenkin proposes giving the application conditional consent and has attached 12 conditions which applicants will need to adhere to.

One of the conditions is that two passing bays will be built on the nearby road, as recommended by the highway authority.

Another is that the pods will be used only for holiday accommodation and not as anyone’s main home.

To prove this, the applicants will need to keep an up-to-date register showing the visitors home addresses, and the dates they stayed there.

This register will need to be available for inspection.