Plans for a new glamping site have been approved at Horsley House Farm in Bradbourne, Derbyshire England.
The project, submitted by Brewer and Saunders, will feature a yurt, a cabin, and a converted loft, and is located just a couple of miles from Carsington Water.
The plans were approved despite concerns from council officers about the site’s isolated location and perceived lack of sustainability.
Two years ago, a similar project for eight glamping accommodation units, including an underground Hobbit burrow, was rejected.
However, councilors ultimately approved the new scheme, with Councilor Janet Rose pointing out that the owners of the site had invested in a Grade-II listed building that was previously in a state of disrepair.
She also noted that the glamping business would support the sustainability of the property and contribute to the wider economy.
Ben Raynor, agent for the applicant, explained that the new scheme had been reduced in size and that contentious elements, such as the underground burrow, had been removed. Measures had also been identified to ensure the site’s sustainability.
Despite the concerns about sustainability, Councilor Neil Buttle argued that the council’s definition of sustainability may be too strict, pointing out that glamping in the Peak District was less unsustainable than going on holiday to Ibiza for the weekend.
The reduced glamping project is felt to have less of an impact on the countryside, and will also benefit the local economy.
The site is located yards from a public footpath and has a free bus agreement with Ashbourne Connect to shuttle guests.
The approval of this glamping site demonstrates the potential for sustainable tourism and the economic benefits it can bring to local areas.
As the tourism industry continues to grow, it’s important for owners of campgrounds, RV parks, and glamping resorts to consider sustainability in their proposals to ensure long-term success.
In an article by CNN, it was emphasized that consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable travel options, and businesses that fail to meet these demands may face negative consequences.
Therefore, sustainable tourism is not only important for the environment, but also for the long-term success of tourism businesses.