To help cope with the increasing number of visitors to the National Forest, which stretches across 200 square miles of central England, a new glamping site has been proposed for Park Farm in the village of Overseal.
On behalf of the landowner, Edward Rayner, AM Planning Consultants has applied to South Derbyshire District Council for permission to turn agricultural land into a glamping site, comprising 15 glamping units (including shepherd huts, yurts and safari tents), timber hot tubs and a Swedish BBQ. They have also requested to change the use of a residential garage to an ancillary amenity shop, as well as the construction of wash and toilet facilities and car parking.
Overseal is surrounded by attractions and with the National Forest helping to increase the profile of Derbyshire as a tourist destination, it is anticipated the glamping site will be a welcome addition to the area.
It is also supported by The National Forest Company which has undertaken a Destination Gap Analysis that highlights ‘the development of good quality visitor accommodation as a main priority for the destination; in particular, exemplar forest cabins’.
Roger and Sara Wilkins, who manage the site, have been working towards this diversification for four years: “We have planted 3,300 trees and created a pond and forest school, along with an events area that we hope will also be used as a wedding venue. Another villager has put in planning for a microbrewery in one of the agricultural buildings, which would be a welcome addition to the events side of the business. We really hope the scheme gets the green light as we feel it will be a great asset to Overseal and, with a public footpath running through the land, it will welcome walkers to the new forestry areas, too.”