Plans for a glamping site on the edge of Cheddar are given approval

  Posted: 07.04.21 at 10:48 by Tim Lethaby

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Plans for a glamping site on the edge of Cheddar have been given the green light by Sedgemoor District Council.

A planning application for the change of use of land to a glamping site with five bell-tents and the siting of a mobile toilet/shower block, together with laying of hard-standing and creation of a willow screen at Owley, Bradley Cross, Cheddar, had been submitted by Mrs Tyler.

The application site comprises of a currently un-used field parcel, which forms part of the landholding associated with the property, Owley, which lies at the northern end of Bradley Cross.

The land is accessed from an unmade track, which forms part of the West Mendip Way, which runs along the northern boundary of the site.

The plans will provide five high-quality glamping, fully-equipped, bell-tents together with an ancillary mobile toilet and shower block.

The bell-tents themselves will be finished of a non-reflective off-white canvas and will be placed around the field such that their visibility within the landscape will be minimal.

The toilet and shower block will be sited in the lower section of the field where it will benefit from screening as a result of an existing mature hedgerow.

Cheddar Parish Council objected to the plans, saying that the access would not be suitable, they would have a negative visual impact on the night skies in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the noise from the campsite could be intrusive to neighbours and walkers.

However, Sedgemoor disagreed and in approving the proposal, the planning officer's report said: "The principle of the proposal is acceptable and complies with local and national planning policy that seeks to encourage economic prosperity and rural enterprise.

"The location of the application is such that it is well connected via the network of public rights of way into the Tier 1 settlement of Cheddar and the Mendip Hills."

Other planning applications in the Cheddar area that have been decided this week by Sedgemoor District Council include:

Erection of a dwelling and garage at land to the rear of Taveners Cottage, Front Street, Stone Allerton, by Mr T Fielder has been approved.

Approval of the details of access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale, for erection of a self-build dwelling at Maes Y De, Venns Gate, Cheddar, by Mr B Britton has been given.

Application for Non-Material Amendment to Planning Permission 17/19/00005 (erection of 134 dwellings with access, public open space and associated infrastructure) to allow for amendments to house type substitution (31 plots), garage type substitution (one plot) and the addition of an electric substation with associated infrastructure - Burns HT to substitute Brooke HT (plots 1, 4, 6, 8, 27, 34, 43, 46, 70, 101, 126, 129), Hallam HT to substitute Heaton HT (plots 2, 5, 63), Byron/Drake terrace block to substitute Byron/Chesterton terrace block (plots 64-67, 87-90), Drake terrace block to substitute Chesterton terrace block (plots 39-42, 92-95), plots 129-130 garage (GL-02) to be replaced by sales complex compatible garage (SG-02) on land at Holwell Lane, Cheddar, by Bloor Homes has been approved.

Application to determine if prior approval is required for the proposed formation of a landscape bund at land to the south of Blackford Road, Mark, by Mr O Seymour has been withdrawn.

Erection of a detached garage at West Stoughton Farm, Stoughton Road, West Stoughton, by Mr Bewley has been approved.

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