A Laird has outlined his desire to establish an eco-friendly glamping site in the Ayrshire countryside.
Morgan Cooper, the Laird of The Buskin Burn, has submitted his planning proposals to South Ayrshire Council for consideration.
In his planning application the Laird said: “I propose to turn part of my land into an off-grid eco-friendly glamping site with educational benefits included. The aim is to have eight glamping pods and a bunk house for passing tourism as well as educational events.
“The project will be in keeping with the local area and will utilise local small businesses and employ local people. We aim to run a charitable educational organisation along with the glamping site, this will educate people on becoming self sustainable.”
The Buskin Burn/Buskin Grazing’s is a small piece of land (8.5 acres) a half mile from Straiton on the B741 towards Dalmellington. The Laird purchased the land back in 2020, when it was initially used for sheep grazing.
Now the plan is to gain permission for a change of use of the land, to transform it and make it Ayrshire’s latest tourism venture.
The Laird said: “Sheep grazing was the main use up until October 2020, when I purchased the property and have been rewilding and planting trees since then. We currently have alpacas and chickens on site and have no mains supplies. We aim to be self sufficient so try to use renewable energy and composting toilets.”
The proposals also seek permission for an outdoor kitchen, glamping pods, reception area, bunk house, studio, as well as the installation of Bell tents and associated infrastructure.
The proposals are listed as ‘pending consideration’ on the South Ayrshire Council online planning portal and a decision on them is expected in early April.
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published 2024-02-12 08:22:30