Planning permission has been given to trial four stopover sites in Gwynedd.
Development work to allow overnight campervan and motorhome parking is due to start at the Doc Fictoria car park (former Shell site) in Caernarfon, Y Glyn in Llanberis, the Y Maes car park in Criccieth and North Quay in Pwllheli.
A suitable site is also hoped to be found in the Meirionnydd area too.
Dubbed ‘Arosfan sites’, each one will offer space for up to nine motorhomes which will pay a fee to park for a maximum of 48 hours.
They will include facilities for fresh water, chemical wastewater, recycling and general refuse.
Cllr Nia Jeffreys, deputy leader and cabinet member for economic development said: “This is an important step and a clear sign that we as a council want to develop a sustainable tourism sector that respects Gwynedd’s communities.
“Over the last few years, we have seen many more motorhomes and campervans visiting our areas, and it is natural that visitors want to enjoy what the area has to offer.
“The ‘Arosfan’ sites are located within walking distance of key towns and destinations here in Gwynedd and offer a maximum stay of 48 hours.
“The intention is to encourage the use of local transport links and infrastructure as well as ensuring that local businesses don’t miss out as people come to enjoy the unique tourism experience that Gwynedd has to offer.”
To coincide with the Arosfan sites, the council is also introducing specific orders that will prevent the right of motor homes to park overnight in lay-bys in areas that have seen examples of irresponsible parking and camping over the past few years.
The council’s intention in introducing these orders on the A496 on the way into Barmouth, on the A497 near Cricieth and Y Foryd area near Caernarfon will be to strengthen the Council’s powers to regulate the area to respond to the challenges that arise in some locations in the county with these vehicles parking overnight without a right.
Cllr Dafydd Meurig, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I welcome the fact that the plans to trial the Arosfan sites are going ahead – it offers us an opportunity to improve the management of motorhomes here in Gwynedd.
“By trialling these initial sites, it will be possible to monitor how the development is working and consider if there is room for improvement and adaptation if we want to see more similar places being established.
“In addition to the Arosfan sites, it is good to see that new orders are being introduced as part of a wider effort to tackle illegal overnight camping in specific problem areas.”
With planning permission now in place for four Arosfan sites, the necessary preparation work will be progressing over the coming weeks to get the locations ready.
It is expected that the sites will be open in time for this summer.
Gwynedd Council has secured funding through the Welsh Government’s Brilliant Basics programme to trial the Arosfan locations.