Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

Holiday business plans would provide a "vital boost to the local and regional economy" post covid

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 23 July 2020 9:11

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Ambitious plans sitting with a Gloucestershire local authority awaiting a rubber stamp of approval would deliver a “vital boost to the local and regional economy”. 

These are the words of a report which arrived at the council offices with the plans, which would allow for the expansion of an existing business in what we are told is the hard-hit tourism and hospitality sector. 

With other powers that be deliberating over when to release the economic recovery plan for Gloucestershire it is the actions of businesses on the ground that will make the difference and Bearse Farm in the Forest of Dean will be hoping this sentiment prevails.

Jess and Jo Worgan, who run Forest and Wye Valley Camping from the beautiful setting near Lydney have applied to the Forest of Dean District Council to add a new glamping offer to their operation.

It is understood the move, if granted, could create as many as seven jobs – three full time and four part time, doubling staff numbers at the St Briavels’ business. 

In short, the plans are for the “change of use of additional land to extend the approved facility to provide glamping accommodation comprising of pods, yurts and tipis and associated toilet and parking facilities”. 

Parking spaces would increase from seven to 37, with an additional 26 metres of internal floor space. 

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application said: “The 11-hectare holding comprises: ?The current 1.4Ha campsite ?4Ha of woodland ?Other grazing, farmstead and stabling. 

“The area identified for the expansion of the operation lies to the south of the current campsite and falls gently to the north.

"The 1.3Ha of grassland is served by an access track on the south side abutting the adjacent woodland and is currently grazed by horses and goats. The farm abuts the boundary of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Slade Brook SSSI lies to the north of the site.

“The business seeks to expand into the luxury end of the camping business providing a range of ‘glamping’ accommodation to complement the facilities currently available.

“The new facilities will include timber glamping pods as well as tipis and yurts providing the opportunity for year-round enjoyment. ?Additional toilet facilities will be provided to support the extended range of accommodation and visitor parking will also be expanded accordingly. 

“The yurts and tipis area has a more ‘prairie’ feel as befits the unit type. The tipis and yurts will be serviced by hand drawn trolleys from the access track.   

“This is a well-considered application that will provide exciting new opportunities for those seeking to spend time enjoying and exploring our beautiful Forest of Dean.  This will be a discrete addition to the landscape screened as it is by a swathe of mature woodland and in a post COVID world will provide a vital boost to the local and regional economy.”