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Trust Us We Know Glamping!

This is the exciting part! Having decided that your plans are feasible and that glamping is definitely for you, it’s time to get stuck in and start planning your dream glamping site. Working with maps of your land,  our expert design team will help you to work out how you want your plot to look and feel, where everything will sit and how your site will function.

We’ll consider everything from your initial vision to the cost of installing utilities and the likelihood of obtaining full planning permission so that you can progress to the next stage of your glamping journey without a hitch.

Filling in The Gaps

Starting your own glamping business is incredibly rewarding, but it can be hard work. Before you can apply for planning permission and start moving your project forwards, you’ll need to work out what your finished site will look like.

  • Establish how many pods you’ll have.
  • Work out what your finished site will look like.
  • Fine-tune your layout to minimise building costs.
  • Create a plan that’s more likely to get the green light

That means picking a type of accommodation, designating space for parking and reception buildings, working out how many pods or huts you can fit on your land and establishing whether you’ll be installing amenities like hot tubs, decking or firepits.

It also means working out whether you need to landscape some or all of your site to create a relaxing and welcoming environment for your guests – or make it easier to market your site on increasingly-competitive channels like Facebook or Instagram.

There’s a lot to think about, and the decisions you make at this stage of the process will have a significant impact  on both the upfront cost and eventual success of your site.

For example, Pod, path and parking placements can alter your chances of obtaining full planning permission from your local authority, and the layout of your site can also affect the price that you’ll pay to install essential utilities like electricity, running water and fibre optic cable.

To help you create a detailed site plan that balances all of these complex and contradictory pressures, we offer a bespoke concept design service that gives you full access to our in-house design team.

A Comprehensive Site Plan

Our designers are seasoned experts with years of industry experience. We live and breathe glamping, which is why we’re perfectly placed to help you design a successful glamping site.

When we are commissioned to  draw up a concept design, we start by talking through your vision: asking what you’d like to see on your site, and whether you have any pre-existing ideas about how it should look and feel.

We’ll then sit down and start creating a plan that balances your vision with practical considerations about accessibility, the cost of development and the impact on your local environment. By the end of the process you’ll have detailed drawings that help you:

Visualise Your Site

  • Get a clear idea of what your finished site will look like
  • Build and develop on our concepts
  • The perfect way to refine your vision

It’s hard to get excited about an abstract idea, but seeing a tangible plan of your site will make it feel much more real. Sitting down with our drawings will also give you space and time to further refine your vision. Maybe you’ll realise that you could fit some hot tubs into your site, or decide that glamping pods are a better fit than the yurts you thought you wanted.

This stage of the setup process is when crucial decisions need to be made, so it makes sense to ensure that you’ve got a developed plan to play with.

Avoid Costly Mistakes

  • Spot potential problems before you break ground
  • Rearrange your site to  minimise development costs
  • Optimise your plans

Something as simple as the placement of a drainage ditch can have a huge impact on the cost of developing your site. Similarly, laying out your site to minimise the need for expensive development, keeping things centred around pre-existing pathways or keeping accommodation clustered to reduce the need to dig multiple trenches can reduce the time involved in launching your site,

That’s why concept design is such an important part of the planning process, especially if you’re trying to set up a business on a tight budget and/or applying for outside investment.

Obtain Planning Permission

  • Create an initial plan that considers planning guidelines
  • Design a site that’s sympathetic to the local environment
  • Tweak and refine your plans to accommodate local rules

When you apply for planning permission, your local planning authority will sit down to decide whether your proposed site fits with their vision for the surrounding area. They’ll look at everything from the aesthetics and landscaping, through to things like the likelihood that accommodation on your site will overlook or block light to adjacent properties.

Concept development allows us to spend time creating a plan that minimises potential issues, and glides through the planning process without a hitch.

Move Your Project Forward

  • A tangible version of your future plans
  • Something to show neighbours and investors
  • The safest way to progress your glamping project.

Once you’ve got drawings and renders of your new glamping site to hand, you can start to pull together your planning application. You’ll also have the collateral needed to visit your neighbours, and ask them whether they’ll support your plans – or ask for financial aid from would-be investors.

Whatever your next steps look like, having a developed concept will help you move things forwards. An idea is just an idea until it’s down on paper. 

Not Ready To Plan Your Site?

If you’re still not sure that your idea is viable - or that your site’s a good prospect - it’s always worth considering a feasibility study. Prior to investing time and effort in the intricacies of site design, our team will sit down and help you establish whether or not your dream is feasible.

This involves looking at everything from the local competition, through to the market size, the potential nightly revenues you could generate and the running costs of your would-be site. Perfect for people who just want to make sure they’re onto a winner. 

Feasibility Studies

No Vision Too Big – Or Too Small

The great thing about glamping is that it is still largely uncharted territory. There’s no right way to plan a site, or use your land. Some people dream of setting up a massive, 30+ pod holiday park with sculpted woodland walks, lakes and mountain bike trails while others would prefer to keep things simple: running a small site with six shepherd pods and a couple of fire pits.

Both visions are equally valid, and you shouldn’t feel pressured into designing a certain ‘type’ of site. Yes, our industry is trend-based to a certain degree, but people enjoy a vast range of different experiences and there’s always going to be an audience for your dream.

That’s why we go to great lengths to ensure that our concept design marries with your vision. Our expert designers have a wealth of experience, having designed every type of glamping site imaginable, and they’re always more than happy to spend time getting to grips with your plans – and creating something that resonates with your ideas.

We also have the deep industry knowledge and connections needed to help you plan a truly modern glamping site that leverages the very latest research into customer satisfaction and staycation trends so if your number #1 priority is launching a successful business, rest assured that we’re the right team for the job.

Ready To Plan Your Site?

Just get in touch and we’ll start designing some concepts. 

This service is designed for people who’ve already got a feasibility study and intend to progress to the planning stage, but we’re always happy to talk to prospective site owners looking to launch a business, so whatever stage of the journey you’re on, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the glampitect team.