Glamping pods would disturb local residents

A proposed change from a disused farm steading to six glamping pods in the green belt outside a Scottish city failed to win the support of a reporter.

The appeal site comprised the corner of a livestock field containing some sheep pens and an open barn, sharing an access road with and in very close proximity to existing houses in a quiet rural location.

On the main issues the reporter found the countryside location suitable for the proposal and supported by local plan green belt policy and supplementary guidance, the pods to have little adverse effect on a special landscape area. Also acknowledged were the local economic benefits of catering for tourists. However, he considered it had not been demonstrated that the likely noise disturbance from guests sitting out and socialising late into the night as well as from vehicles using the access track would not be harmful to nearby residents. Details of suggested management arrangements to address potential problems were lacking and could not be relied upon. He also identified a road safety concern from greater use of a hazardous access by drivers unfamiliar with the road and additional danger to children playing near the fronts of the houses adjacent to the site. These matters outweighed other considerations, in his opinion, and he decided to dismiss the appeal.

Reporter: David Liddell; Written representations

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