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Planning ahead for new camping and glamping

Planning ahead for new camping and glamping

Draft planning guidance around camping and glamping in the National Park has been out for consultation and the results are now being analysed.

The Technical Advice Note (TAN) has been produced to help guide applicants and agents when applying for planning permission for camping and glamping tourism accommodation.

The document should be read alongside policies in the South Downs Local Plan (SDLP) and the Partnership Management Plan (PMP).

If adopted, the TAN will be a material consideration that will be taken into account by decision makers at the Authority and the host authorities when determining planning applications for camping and glamping.

Hannah Collier, Senior Planning Policy Officer, said: “Tourism is a vital part of the economy of the National Park, attracting over 19 million visitors annually, with 18.4 million day visitors and 641,900 people.

“These visitors contributed to £464.3 million of GVA to the National Park, with staying visitors accounting for £125.99 million annually.

“Camping and glamping have risen in popularity recently both nationally and in the National Park, and evidence shows that glamping businesses opening in the National Park have quickly found a strong market. Therefore this is a really vital piece of planning guidance that we hope applicants will find useful.”

The document can be read here.