The Sleepy Explorer, a posh camping site located in the historical village of Hallaton near Market Harborough in Leicestershire, is seeking expansion.
The owners of the site are seeking permission to build five new glamping units, which will include fancy tents, yurts, and a ‘globe’ suspended from a tree, according to a report by Leicestershire Live.
The site is also requesting an expansion of its car park from three spaces to 16, the construction of showers and toilets for each new unit, and the building of a communal kitchen.
The business currently employs seven people, with three of these jobs being given to Ukrainian people residing in Hallaton due to the war in their country. The addition of five new units would double employment opportunities, according to the applicant.
The glamping site is situated in the conservation area of Hallaton, a well-known village for its annual bottle-kicking contest.
However, the site claims that the proposed units would not pose a threat to the conservation area, as they would be well positioned within dense tree cover and cannot be seen from exterior views.
The Sleepy Explorer operates all year round and offers a peaceful and relaxing retreat for nature lovers. They hope to host small events at the site, such as one-day yoga and meditation retreats and basket and candle-making workshops.
The application is currently under consideration by Harborough District Council. The public is encouraged to visit the council’s website to provide comments on the expansion plan.