Landowners look to diversify as a 'staycation summer' beckons
As a result of the government bringing in temporary alterations to planning laws, landowners are looking to take advantage and extend their camping sites.
Edward Dyke, partner and Head of Planning at Symonds & Sampson often takes his family to sites in his camper van. “We are fortunate to have travelled to some amazing places in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. Recently relaxed permitted development rights will allow camping and glamping for 56 days instead of the usual 28. It will be a terrific boost to tourism and also to the ancillary companies such as those who hire out temporary toilet and showers.
“Some sites will no doubt go upmarket with smart tents and comfortable glamping, while a farm shop or restaurant either onsite or nearby adds to the attraction and draws new customers to the countryside. All great for business but I just hope there's is still room for me!”
Will Wallis is marketing a number of potential sites in Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 21 May. “One site in Osmington in particular would be ideal, it is 6.93 acres with stunning views over Weymouth Bay to Portland.
“There are some more remote parcels with footpaths close by at Cucklington near Wincanton, Melplash near Bridport and Fiddleford near Sturminster Newton.
“It is a great way to generate a further income stream and, with holiday homes and hotels fully booked demand for the right place to pitch a tent could be very strong”
For further details of the land in the Livestream Auction on 21 May, click here or call 01305 236237, and if you would like to enquire about the possibility of planning on your land, please contact Edward Dyke on 01258 472244