A proposal has been made to add six glamping pods on farmland in Little Bytham, Lincolnshire England. After submitting a planning application, the land at Glebe Farm off Little Bytham Road could see the addition of six new glamping pods. The plans include several features such as, a parking area with space for 14 cars, refuse and recycling facilities and a bike store.
The site would make use of an existing entrance onto Little Bytham Road, currently functioning as access to Glebe Farm and the existing holiday accommodation on site. The applicant said, “The proposed development will provide subtle and discreet countryside accommodation for tourists visiting this area’s attractions on short breaks and weekend stays. It is proposed to be available all year-round.”
“This proposal will be an extension to existing holiday accommodation within the site operator’s ownership. The ‘Cowshed’ went live for bookings in February, a barn conversion offering guests a countryside getaway,” the applicant added.
The proposal also seeks to enhance the biodiversity of the site, creating approximately 4,690 square meters of enhanced grassland and wildflower meadows, as well as the planting of additional shrubbery and hedgerow.
An electric vehicle charging point could also be provided, with the applicant looking to encourage sustainable modes of transport while exploring the local area. The application states that the “vast majority” of the site will remain as open space, so the landscape is not disrupted, with the six pods “well-spaced across the site” to offer sufficient privacy to visitors.
“The units would be rented out on a per-nightly basis,” the applicant explained. “Patrons would likely be couples, families, or friends. Party groups will not be permitted by the operator. There is no intention to use the units for long-term lease/permanent residences. Such a small-scale development and the compact footprint of the units would not be suited to this in any case.”
If the plans are successful, the applicant intends to use local businesses to carry out building and groundworks, with the development expected to create at least one new full-time job and two part-time roles.
As the glamping industry continues to grow in popularity, business owners should consider implementing strategies to stay ahead of the competition and create a memorable experience for their guests. The Glebe Farm project highlights the importance of integrating sustainable practices and enhancing the natural surroundings of the site, both of which can be key drivers for attracting environmentally-conscious travelers.
Furthermore, prioritizing guest privacy by spacing out the glamping units can add value to the overall experience. Glamping business owners should also focus on partnering with local businesses for construction and other services, as this not only supports the local economy but also helps establish a strong network within the community. The success of a glamping business relies on a combination of factors, including unique accommodations, sustainable practices, guest privacy, and strong local partnerships.