Plans to build a collection of glamping pods on a piece of unused grassland in a small Derbyshire village have been submitted to High Peak Borough Council. The application, if approved, would see five wooden pods built on land off of Whitehough Head Lane, Whitehough, a village which sits on the edge of the Peak District.

If approved no physical alterations would be made to the proposed area which is owned by a local pub, The Old Hall Inn, and is located north of the pub’s car park. According to planning documents the pub’s popularity has grown in recent years, and although the business offers rooms to tourists “the demand for accommodation outweighs the number of rooms” available.

Each pod would be able to house two adults and possibly two small children and contain an en suite. The individual pods are described as “hideaway sites” which are more suited for campers who prefer to “enjoy leisure time in a quieter and more secluded environment.”

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The plans detail that the five glamping pods would be seven metres long, 3.2 metres wide and 3.4 metres tall, built out of timber and fully insulated. Each pod would have a bathroom, bedroom and kitchen with a small decking area which would have an outside eating table to allow “campers to be within the landscape and take in the views.”

The planned spot for the glamping pods is part of the High Peak green belt, however an attached statement from local architects SlaterWilde Ltd states: “The development would not have a prominent and adverse impact on the character and appearance of the immediate or wider landscape. The proposal is sympathetic to the existing land form and its context and does not detract or cause harm to the local landscape in which it sits.

“The careful positioning and sensitive design of the proposed will ensure it has little visual impact beyond what is already there and its restrained scale will ensure it does not detract from the historic Old Hall Inn or have any detrimental effect on the adjacent properties or that of the character and the appearance of the Countryside.”

With the planning documents an attached Heritage, Design and Access Statement states: “The proposed pods provide a complementary project to that of the existing inns and accommodation. The additional accommodation facility would enhance the existing facilities

“In addition will assist in maintaining a successful business within the local area which will benefit and support the local rural economy which meets the present and proposed needs in the local tourism sector. The applicant wants to provide a holiday let which will allow for a more sustainable /forward clientele.”

A public consultation is currently running till April 14, where members of the community can give their opinion on the proposal. A final decision is expected by May 11, 2022.

published 2022-03-30 17:58:39