We may be experts in the area of sustainable and innovative design, but we wouldn’t call ourselves planning experts! So we enlisted the help of Marie Stacey, Senior Planner at Pegasus Group, for her advice in this area.“The low impact and sustainable design of the Tree Tents structures contributes greatly to their success in getting planning permissions without the headaches that many, more permanent, glamping options encounter,” she shared.
She told us that the definition of a ‘temporary structure’ has been recently narrowed by a High Court judgment.
“This judgment concerns a number of portable, mobile or temporary structures,” she says. “Whilst these do not fall under the definition of ‘building,’ they could now constitute ‘development’ under the Town and County Planning Act because they comprise ‘other operations’, and therefore require planning permission.”
So a new site that includes the installation of one or more Tree Tents, is likely to require planning permission for the change in use of land. This also extends to the erection of any ancillary structures, like toilets or washing facilities, and engineering operations, including carparks or vehicle access.
Your scheme will need to comply with the Local Planning Authority’s Development Plan policies, unless other material considerations indicate otherwise. Local Planning Authorities are supportive of sustainable rural tourism that has minimal impact on the countryside. And because all our organic glamping structures are designed using shapes found in nature, they integrate seamlessly into the landscape. This helps owners easily meet the requirements for respecting the character of the land. The earth likes it and planning authorities and local communities can breathe a sigh of relief. Jakie Jewel from Classic Glamping recently told Inspired Camping:
“A number of planning departments/councils have a stated aim of assisting in the development of tourism and many are supportive of farm diversification which can help with the process.” In this respect, if your scheme is carefully designed and considers the site context, then planning permission should be quite achievable.