Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust




We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Black Sheep Shepherds Huts, to provide a unique opportunity at the Slimbridge site for overnight stays in luxury Shepherds huts. The proposals involve the placement of five Shepherds huts on an existing grassed area to the north-east of the current Slimbridge site, which currently forms part of the overspill car park. These huts, available in two designs, The Cheviot (7.2m by 2.5m) and The Lincoln (7.5m by 3m), will each provide one king-sized bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom, all finished to an exceptionally high standard. Finished in painted metal the huts also provide a small area of outside decking, with the aim of offering a unique outdoor experience for occupants. A parking area with a pedestrian footway will lead visitors to the huts, accessible through the existing access points in the visitors and overspill car park. Beyond providing additional short-term holiday accommodation, the vision for the huts is to create a distinctive opportunity for guests. Occupants will have exclusive access to the wildfowl and wetlands, allowing them to explore walkways and observe nature and wildlife beyond the regular opening hours of the visitor centre. This initiative not only enhances the visitor experience at the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust by offering short-stay accommodation linked to the site itself but also provides convenient lodging near other tourist attractions. Operated in conjunction with the visitor centre as part of a charitable trust, any financial gains generated from the huts will be reinvested directly into the conservation of the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site, contributing to their ambitious conservation goals. Join us in our journey to creating a one-of-a-kind experience that supports wildlife preservation and fosters a deeper connection with nature!


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Location: Elkstone Studios, Elkstone

Case Type: Change of use of a disused agricultural workers dwelling to farm shop and cafe

Council: Cotswold District Council

Status: Approved

BPA has secured planning permission from Cotswold District Council for the change of use of a former grain store to flexible commercial use.

The development is located within the Elkstone Studios enterprise and comprises the final barn to secure permission on site. The development will benefit from the existing conversions of a mixture of commercial and leisure uses providing a small rural hub for both occupiers of the offices and the local community.

Building upon other successful permissions secured at this site, this development comprises an employment-generating use in association with an existing business, and relates to the diversification of a wider agricultural enterprise.  It has been a real pleasure to assist in the diversification of this site and we can't wait to see it complete and occupied!