Plan of the bell tent for the Blackdown Hills tourist site

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Tourists in central Devon will soon be able to enjoy a carbon-free country holiday on the Blackdown Hills in one of six new bell tents.

South Farm, Blackborough and the claimant, Mr Anthony Sweeney, has applied to Mid Devon for permission to erect the bell tents for holiday purposes and a shower block.

In a supporting statement on behalf of the claimant, Shattock Associates states that the site is a holiday home complex in the Blackdown Hills and that there is already a mix of full residential accommodation and winter rentals underway. of use.

The statement adds: ‘It is important to note that the Claimant has owned the South Farm Holiday Resort for over 12 years and has operated the property as a holiday/tourist facility.

“This includes long-term investment in ownership, both in existing and new installations, and the introduction of green energy sources. It is important for the installation that future investments are not hampered to prevent growth.

“This proposal is to introduce a small camping facility into this holiday complex. This will include six bell tents for year round use and with an associated shower block. This facility will be located to the east of the main holiday complex close to the existing tennis court.

He says the proposal is ideal for families, scout groups or pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.

He continues to say that the expansion of tourism facilities in the region is necessary with the pandemic limiting travel abroad and that the new facilities will preserve existing jobs and create new ones in tourism demand management and the grounds maintenance.

He adds: “By expanding the tourism product available, additional investment is possible at this site, which in turn will lead to a better visitor experience and an expansion of the tourist season. This will in turn benefit the local economy.

“This application was generated by frequently asked questions to the applicant and their manager at South Farm as to whether they have on-site camping facilities.

“Such requests are quite often on the premises and these visitors have to be turned away, which adds to congestion on the roads.

“Based on these experiences, the applicant is confident that there is a demand for this holiday accommodation and is willing to invest in the facilities necessary to meet that demand.”

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