RM Architects

Ridge planning team obtains permission for glamping units despite officer recommendation for refusal

03 April 2019

The Ridge planning team are delighted to have obtained planning permission for glamping units at Middle Lypiatt, Stroud. The site, which is detached from any settlement, is located within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the grounds of a listed building. Officers at Stroud District Council recommended refusal on the grounds that the new tourist accommodation was not located within a settlement and therefore would rely on private vehicles which would be contrary to local plan policy. In response, the Ridge planning team argued that the type of accommodation proposed is aimed towards people being able to enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside. Being in a countryside location is essential to the glamping units proposed which seek to enhance people's enjoyment of the area in a rural setting. Ridge also pointed out that the proposal would have minimal impact on the site and surrounding area and would not detrimentally affect the setting of the listed building. Finally Ridge were able to convince the Planning Committee that the proposal offered considerable benefits to the area and as such were able to demonstrate that the proposal complied with the objective of local plan policy and also the advice set out in the NPPF.