The West Bay Holiday Park (United Kingdom) has sent a proposal to add 16 more glamping pitches to its Forty Foot Way site.
Parkdean Resorts, the owner of the holiday park, said if the planning application is approved, it will result in the loss of four parking spaces on the touring field. However, it can lead to more visitations, according to a report.
In the application sent to the Dorset Council, it said that there is a high demand for glamping pitches. The site proposed is on the northwest corner of the site, which means existing hedgerows will screen the plots.
“In order to continue to offer improved facilities at the Park, the proposal to redevelop this site with new glamping pitches, it is necessary to develop the business in line with market demand and keep up with the current holidaying trends in the South West. The current demand being an increase in the frequency of short breaks in the UK taken throughout the year, as opposed to a couple of week-long holidays a year. Also the new trend towards ‘glamping’ which will be in the form of Safari tents offering accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping,” stated in the application.
The tents will be built on a timber base with a double and a single bed, a small kitchen, dining and lounge area with outdoor seating on decking, with shared shower and toilet facilities nearby.
The tents will face south and have what the company claims will be “generous spacing” to provide privacy and views. There will also be an area for parking adjacent to each tent.
The application says the change should result in a slight increase in the number of visitors throughout the year but not enough to be detrimental to the enjoyment of the site.
Public comments on the application, Dorset Council ref 2022/03702, remain open until July 27.
This article originally appeared on Bridport News.