Submission of 6no. Shepherd huts for artisan businesses at Elkstone Studios

Submission of planning application for 6no. Shepherd huts for artisan businesses at Elkstone Studios

A planning application has been submitted to Cotswold District Council (CDC), for the siting of 6no. shepherd huts for mixed retail purposes that will expand the existing rural commercial enterprise known as ‘Elkstone Studios’ and support local community services.

The Shepherd huts will be commercially let to six local independent artisan businesses, offering a mixture of services and essential goods falling under use classes E(a)/(b) and F2(a) of the ‘Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended)’.

Site plan

Shepherd's hut front elevation

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Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Partnership with 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!

Recent Activity:

Friday 10th November 2023

Punchline Gloucestershire published a news article about the Slimbridge WWT Shepherds Huts project which can be found here.

 

Thursday 9th November 2023

Planning application validated.

 

Thursday 26th October 2023

Application submitted to Stroud District Council for the siting of 5no. shepherds huts at the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre in Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

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Merry Lane Dog Paddock, Evesham

Merry Lane Dog Paddock, Evesham

Merry Lane Dog Paddock,

Evesham

Location: Merry Lane, Evesham, Worcestershire

Case Type: Change of use from equestrian land to a dog exercising paddock with ancillary facilities and associated parking (part retrospective) 

Council: Wychavon District Council

Status: Planning permission secured

BPA has secured planning permission for the change of use of an equestrian field to a dog exercise paddock with ancillary facilities and associated works.

In April, 2021, the applicants began renting the paddock to owners who required a secure area for exercising their dogs off-lead. There was evidently a demand in the locality, as the applicants had a number of regular users and therefore wished to secure retrospective planning permission to ensure the use is lawful. The paddock can now be utilised by owners and dogs who may not want to mix with others, have special requirements, or limited access to safe green spaces. The applicant also sought permission for the retention of the shepherds hut sited in the paddock. The hut provides users with shelter from the elements in addition to tea/coffee facilities and a WC. The final element of the application sought permission for a new vehicular access point and hardstanding for the parking of 2no. cars and an associated turning area.

With the assistance of our expertise, we quickly and smoothly secured planning permission for the applicant supporting the continuation of their rural business.

 

 

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Elkstone Studios – Flexible commercial

Elkstone Studios – Flexible commercial

Elkstone Studios

Flexible Commercial

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!

 

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The Croft Farm Escape, Hertfordshire

The Croft Farm Escape, Hertfordshire

The Croft Farm Escape,

Hertfordshire

Location: Croft Farm, Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

Case Type: Retrospective woodland glamping site

Council: Dacorum Borough Council

Status: Approved

We are delighted to have recently secured retrospective planning permission for a woodland glamping site in Great Gaddesden, known as The Croft Farm Escape

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

 

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