A set of holiday lodges could be built near one of the county’s little-known rivers. 

A Norfolk farmer is looking to build six holiday homes on the northern side of Stourton Water in Aylsham, part of The Mermaid river. 

The unusually named waterway, which runs less than four miles in length, is a tributary of the River Bure. 

All the lodges will be built off Cawston Road and are intended to provide short-term holiday accommodation. 

The application has been submitted to Broadland District Council on behalf of farmer William Youngs. 

A planning statement said the scheme was “an innovative farm diversification scheme” needed to support Mr Young’s existing business. 

The statement said: “All of the units are designed to benefit from views of the water and the surrounding area. They are also all positioned to ensure that they have minimal visual and environmental impact. 

“There is unquestionably a need for high-quality accommodation within Broadland District and following the pandemic this demand is likely to increase.  

“While the facilities will provide cooking facilities it is recognised guests will use local facilities to eat and drink, resulting in wider community benefits.” 

A decision will be made in due course.