The Croft Farm Escape,
Location: Croft Farm, Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire
Case Type: Retrospective woodland glamping site
Council: Dacorum Borough Council
We first met Darren, the owner, at the Farm Business Innovation Show in November 2019 when he approached us to discuss his ‘planning issues’. He ended up being our competition winner which meant he won a free planning appraisal (and a bottle of bubbly!). While his glamping business was unauthorised at that time and located within a valued landscape, we knew we could present a robust case to justify the development.
In order to comply with rural planning policies, we demonstrated that the business was required to sustain and diversify the wider agricultural enterprise. In addition, we highlighted the benefits associated with the scheme, such as local employment opportunities and contributions to the vitality of surrounding rural businesses, which carried significant weight in the overall planning balance.
Fast forward to November 2021 and his business is not only thriving, but also lawful! We are excited to see what this entrepreneur does next