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New Glamping Pod, Shepherd’s Hut Coming to Historic Pool House in Upton

Jeremy Owenson, the conservative group leader on Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC), has been granted permission to build a shepherd’s hut and a glamping pod in his garden at Pool House in Upton.

Planning documents indicate that the holiday lets will operate as a business, utilizing existing facilities from the house’s previous use as a hotel and bed and breakfast.

Pool House, situated off Hanley Road, is a grade II-listed building from the early 18th century. Originally a hotel, the property includes several outbuildings and three acres of private garden.

Councilor Owenson shared his experience in the planning process from an applicant’s perspective. He expressed concerns about the prolonged time it takes to determine simple applications.

“I know that there are big delays in the planning department, and MHDC needs to make a special effort to determine applications within government guidelines,” Councillor Owenson said, as reported by Worcester News.

Among the amenities available are parking spaces and essential services like electricity, water, and drainage. These can be adapted for the new glamping pod and shepherd’s hut, ensuring integration into the property.

“The development would use many of the facilities which are already in existence from the time the house was used as a hotel and bed and breakfast,” the planning statement indicated.

However, the location presents certain challenges, particularly regarding flooding. While parts of the garden are prone to flooding, the chosen sites for the hut and pod are in areas least affected by this issue. This placement aims to mitigate potential flood risks.

The approach of the Pool House glamping proposal underscores the importance of leveraging existing infrastructure for new developments. Utilizing pre-existing facilities from the property’s former use can reduce initial costs and expedite the development process.

In addition, the Pool House case demonstrates the necessity of thoroughly assessing and mitigating environmental risks, particularly flooding. Strategic planning and placement in areas less prone to flooding can prevent future damages and ensure smooth approval.

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Hi, you might find this article from Modern Campground interesting: New Glamping Pod, Shepherd’s Hut Coming to Historic Pool House in Upton! This is the link: https://moderncampground.com/europe/united-kingdom/new-glamping-pod-shepherds-hut-coming-to-historic-pool-house-in-upton/