Dorset Farm launches bid for seasonal camping permit

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A BERE Regis farm requests formal authorization for seasonal camping from spring to fall each year.

The Dorset Council application comes from Lower Woodbury Farm in Sugar Hill and is for a campsite that already exists on a temporary basis and has won rave reviews from customers.

It calls for a change in the use of agricultural fields in seasonal camping from one week before Easter until October 31 of each year.

The site, known as Wooders Campsite, currently employs the equivalent of one and a half people and says the change will create two more part-time jobs.

A statement from planning officers says that in 2019 the farm realized it needed additional income to remain viable and set up the campsite during the August bank holiday and operated until the fall with portable toilets and washing and shower facilities installed immediately to the east. of farm buildings.

The officer said: “The camping facility has proven to be a huge success for a number of reasons, including the ease of access from the main road network; close to the shops and services of Bere Regis, a short commuting distance to various local attractions including Monkey World and the Tank Museum, and close to the Heritage Coast. Many guests stayed on site for the duration of their vacation, happy to enjoy the peace of the countryside. The site was advertised via pitchup.com and was rated 9.8 / 10. The site also got a rating of 5/5 on TripAdvisor.

Up to 120 spots are available, although the site typically operates at around half that level.

Comments on the request, Dorset Council reference 6/2021/0160, are currently open with a decision expected by the first week of August. The full application can be viewed on the council’s website with the option to comment online as well.


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