Seasonal glamping tents approved in Welsh AONB

Twelve safari tents at an agricultural unit on the Gwynedd coast in Wales were approved with no detrimental impact on the landscape character and visual amenity of the AONB.

The appeal proposal would introduce 12 safari tents with their associated wet room pods, domestic paraphernalia, decking, access arrangements, servicing and parking facilities within a 0.9 ha site. The inspector considered that as the proposal would only be visible during the summer months because the tents and associated paraphernalia would be removed from the site outside the operating season, it would have less impact than more permanent camping accommodation. She also considered the design of the tents and wet room pods were of high quality and would integrate well into the landscape. She felt the magnitude of change to the landscape from the proposal would be low with no significant harm to landscape character overall. In terms of visual amenity, the inspector considered the proposal would appear unobtrusive and well screened because of its small site area and context in a valley bottom seen against other landscape features. The inspector concluded the tents would conserve the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB and not conflict with local and national policy which promoted high quality camping sites in appropriate locations.

Inspector: Joanne Burston; Written representations

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