National Trust wants to install pay and display machines at Arlington Court near Barnstaple

The National Trust is seeking to begin charging for its car park at Arlington Court near Barnstaple.

The trust says charging is already in place at other sites and this will help raise funds to support its work at the Regency house, gardens and grounds.

It has lodged a planning application with North Devon Council seeking to install two pay and display machines plus associated signage.

The application says the machines will be solar powered and will be unobtrusively placed at the top and bottom of the car park.

It says: 'The car park revenue collected will raise vital funds to support our conservation work to the house, gardens and wild nature areas at Arlington Court'.

The machines will accept cash as well as debit and credit cards. National Trust members will be able to park for free.

Planning permission is not required to begin charging, but is needed for the machines and signs.