Members urged to back ‘glamping’ plan

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West Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee decided to defer a decision on the project last month and make a site visit.

Resident Christopher Jackson seeks to erect safari tents on his land at the back of The Old Smithy and attract upmarket tourists. But villagers are split on project, which is sited in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A report prepared for tonight’s meeting notes opposition from Claxby Parish Council, saying the tents will overlook neighbouring properties, will harm nature, including nesting owls and bats. However, WLDC’s Tourism Development Officer says the project will help support tourism, which brings £101 million a year to the district and supports 1,653 jobs.

The report concludes the smallness of the project makes it “acceptable” and it provides a different type of accommodation. “The size, scale and location of the tents minimises the impact on residential amenity, visual impact and highway safety,” it said.

Thus, subject to conditions, such as the site only operating from March to September, the application should be approved.