Obtaining Full Planning Permission Can Be Challenging
To get the greenlight for your project, you'll need:
- A full set of drawings, depicting your proposed site in detail
- Design & access statements
- Market research documents demonstrating demand for your site
- Any additional supporting evidence required by your local authority
Setting up a glamping site is an increasingly popular way of realising value from land that's unsuitable for more traditional forms of development. The potential ROI from glamping businesses is incredible and industry studies show that demand for luxury staycations will keep growing for years to come.
But you can't just buy a plot of land and start building accommodation. Even if you've already got permission to run a tent campsite under the so-called '28 day' rules, you'll need to get change of use permission before you can build permanent structures like glamping pods, shepherd huts or yurts.
You'll also need planning permission for any ancillary buildings designed to support your luxury glamping site – including any shower and toilet blocks.
The good news is that local planning authorities are often sympathetic to proposals that could bring more tourism to rural areas. But that’s by no means a guarantee that you’ll obtain planning permission.
It's also important to remember that even successful planning applications take a long time to work their way through your local council’s planning office. Months or even years in some cases, although there are ways to speed up the process and significantly increase your chances of success.