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News for January 17, 2022

Family Bids to Build Glamping Pods for Tourism Boost

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According to a report, a proposal has been submitted to set up three glamping pods in an idyllic village in the Ribble Valley (Lancashire, England).

Maxine Winstanley has submitted a planning application to Ribble Valley Borough Council to construct three luxury Glamping pods on the land of Westmoor Farm in Bolton by Bowland.

Winstanley, a resident of Pinewood Avenue in Broughton, declares in her application the family would operate this business to increase the farm’s income.

“The day-to-day management of the holiday cottages will be carried out by the family,” the plan stated.

“It is hoped, however, that if the glamping pods are successful, a part-time position will be offered in the future.”

The high-quality pods designed to accommodate up to six guests will be “set on a working farm on the outskirts of the idyllic village of Bolton by Bowland in the heart of the Ribble Valley.”

Winstanley wrote on her website, “We are hoping the Glamping pods will be a draw for tourists that will boost local economy’s growth,”

She also added that the proposed three luxury glamping pods set in the grounds of Westmoor Farm would have their own outdoor space, dedicated car parking space, and a secure store for cycles and or other outdoor activities equipment.

“We envisage family holidays and weekend breaks as our main customers. In addition to this, we feel that the proximity to Gisburn Forest may attract keen cyclists for a one or two-night stopover,”

“Located in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the glamping pods have the benefit of open countryside views on all sides. Set on a working farm in over 60 acres of land, the glamping pods will have fantastic views of Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley. There are countless outdoor activities to enjoy in the area surrounding Westmoor Farm, including The Trough of Bowland, Pendle Hill, Gisburn Forest Cycle Trail, Clitheroe Castle, Skipton Castle, and Sawley Abbey,” she added.

Winstanley also added that each pod would be fitted out to a high standard, will contain a double bedroom, separate bunk beds, and a sofa bed; facilities will also include electric underfloor heating, on-demand hot water, shower room, and toilet, fitted kitchen with sink, oven, hob, microwave, and fridge.

“There will be a lounge area, dining table, and chairs, a wall-mounted flat-screen TV, and internet access. A porch area will be incorporated where guests can sit and enjoy beautiful views over the Ribble Valley and Pendle Hill,” she ended.

An official decision will be made after a period of public consultation.

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