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Fenside Caravan Park’s Proposed Luxurious Glamping Huts Denied

Fenside Caravan Park, situated on Puddock Road near Warboys, had its expansion proposal rejected by the council. The plan included six shepherd’s huts, eight static caravans, and three touring caravan pitches. The council raised concerns about the potential impact of these “luxurious glamping huts” on the countryside.

The park, which currently has 16 touring caravan pitches, aimed to diversify its offerings and extend its operational season to 11 months annually.

According to an article published by The Hunts Post on May 20, the proposal submitted to the Huntingdonshire District Council outlined plans to enhance and diversify the park’s existing camping options. The owners emphasized the benefits of luxurious glamping huts and improved caravan facilities.

“Together with extended seasonal opening times, it will provide improved overnight accommodation and encourage visitors to extend their experience in the district beyond a day trip,” the application indicates.

However, the district council refused the application, citing concerns over the impact on the countryside. The council decided that introducing permanent structures would create “dense, incongruous and intrusive hard edges.”

Planning officers stated that insufficient information was provided to justify why the shepherd’s huts and caravans needed to be situated in this rural area instead of closer to towns or villages. The council’s refusal also stemmed from a lack of evidence demonstrating demand for these holiday rentals in the area. 

“The proposal does not evidence a demand to expand the existing touring caravan site in this location to demonstrate long-term business viability. Nor has the application demonstrated robust operational or sustainability reasons why the development needs to be in the countryside,” the planning officers explained.

Fenside’s experience underscores the importance of thorough planning when proposing expansions. The Huntingdonshire District Council’s rejection highlights the need for glamping developers to provide comprehensive justifications for rural locations and demonstrate clear demand for their proposed facilities. Conducting detailed market research and presenting operational and sustainability plans can potentially help secure project approvals.

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Jen5yB3ar88
Jen5yB3ar88
May 20, 2024 4:15 pm

It’s understandable that the council’s decision has got us thinking about how important it is for developers to really consider the impact of their plans on the environment and get the community on board. Fenside Caravan Park might want to explore different ways to enhance their offerings while respecting the countryside and meeting holidaymakers’ changing needs.

MysteryMind135
MysteryMind135
May 21, 2024 6:00 am
Reply to  Jen5yB3ar88

How about spicing up the glamping experience with eco-friendly materials like bamboo and recycled wood? It could give a unique touch while keeping things green. By the way, did you know that bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world?

Karen Hill
Karen Hill
May 20, 2024 7:03 pm

Isn’t it cool how Fenside Caravan Park aimed high with those fancy glamping huts? Shows they’re all about giving guests a top-notch experience. Developers, let’s team up with the community for stronger proposals!

WandaGlimmer
WandaGlimmer
May 21, 2024 1:47 am

Did you catch the news about Fenside Caravan Park getting turned down for those swanky glamping huts? It seems like they were aiming to spruce things up with new facilities. The council’s decision really makes you think about weighing the impact on nature and consulting the community in development plans, huh?

VanceNebula
VanceNebula
May 21, 2024 9:34 am

Did you hear about Fenside Caravan Park’s plan for glamping huts and more? It’s a bummer the council said no. It’s a good reminder to think about the environment when growing a business.

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