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Planning Permission for Glamping

How It Works

Answers to Your Planning Queries

  • We've produced a free guide on planning permission that you can download and read at your convenience if you'd rather read offline.
  • We guarantee that after reading this page, if you still have questions, one of our glamping specialists would be happy to address them during a free consultation.
  • Are you considering launching a glamping business but aren't sure how to obtain planning authorization for your operation? We have everything covered. This guide should cover all the ground and more when it comes to getting planning clearance for your glamping business.

Does a Glamping Site Require Planning Permission?

Almost invariably, the answer to this question is yes.

Planning clearance is required if you wish to launch a glamping business that runs for longer than 28 days. Certain governments permit 28 days of glamping/camping activities without requiring planning clearance; nonetheless, these locations are subject to stringent development regulations. For instance, the 28-day regulation prohibits installing treatment plants and laying concrete bases. Although 28-day operations can be a good way to test out your glamping idea, the constraints make it difficult to target the luxury end of the market, which is what we usually propose. Additionally, since you would be losing out on 11 months' worth of guests, you will get a very limited return on investment.

Will Planning Permission Be Granted for Glamping?

  • Answering this question without submitting your application is not possible. In certain places where glamping is permitted, even the most thorough applications may be turned down. It's critical to keep in mind that planning officials are only human, and as such, they occasionally lack the ability or willingness to decide appropriately.
  • You can, however, find out how likely it is that your application will be accepted. While money must be invested in the other technique, time must be invested in the first.

Time Investment

Home Research

You may find out how likely it is that you will be granted permission to camp while glamping by devoting several hours to thorough home study. This entails:

1. Determining the designation of your land.

2. Reading through the planning policy issued by your local government.

3. Examining the responses the government has given to prior requests for glamping permits in the region.

01 Determining the land classification

  • In certain areas, the local government has given each plot of land at least one classification. For instance, land in the center of a town will be classified as belonging to that specific settlement, whereas rural area is probably going to be referred to as "open countryside." Additionally, there are more specialized designations including conservation areas, special scientific interest sites, and green belt sites. These particular classifications are usually restrictive and can make obtaining planning approval for glamping more difficult, but they won't always ruin your application.
  • Using the interactive maps in the planning area of your council's website is the simplest approach to identify your property designation.

02 Reviewing the policy

  • After determining the classification for your site, you must match it with the applicable policy. Every government has a local development plan that outlines all of the planning guidelines that are used to evaluate applications.
  • The next thing you should do is review the policies that correspond with your property classification and think about how your glamping ideas fit into them. For instance, you might learn that your government has a very stringent green belt policy that only allows building on green belt locations under very specific conditions.
  • You should take into account both these policies that are directly related to your land designation and other, more general policies that your government may have on road access, tourism, and sustainability.
  • You'll be able to see your application's prospects much more clearly once you are aware of your government's regulations regarding the many components of your development.

03 Examining earlier applications for glamping

  • Even while analyzing policy on paper might be helpful, there are situations where what governments say and do varies greatly. For this reason, it's critical to include a review of prior glamping site applications in the area with policy research. You may find all of these on the website of your government under the planning section. The government's remarks on each application are the most crucial documents to review since they highlight the most serious difficulties and reveal the primary obstacles that have historically prevented glamping planning proposals in your community.
  • You will therefore have a clear idea of the likelihood of obtaining planning clearance for your glamping site in exchange for ten to fifteen hours of research. As an alternative, a Gliztcamp Feasibility Study lets the professionals handle it for you, saving you time and trouble.

Financial Investing

Gliztcamp Feasibility Analysis

To determine your planning possibility, it is simpler to order a feasibility study from Gliztcamp. Since 2017, we have created over 500 of these, and we have mastered the technique. We work diligently, effectively, and efficiently. You also receive a competition analysis, comprehensive financial predictions including your expected setup expenses, ongoing costs, revenues, profits, and return on investment, in addition to a planning probability assessment. It is everything customized to your vision of glamping.

Studies of Feasibility

Persuaded? Through the Gliztcamp Shop, a feasibility study can be ordered right now.

Of course, even if it's critical to conduct a feasibility assessment in order to gauge the attitude of your government concerning glamping projects, a favorable feasibility study does not ensure that you will be granted planning clearance. It is still necessary for you to submit a well-written, convincing planning application that meets all requirements and allays any worries raised by your government. The part after this will address this.

How Could I Start a Glamping Site Without Getting Planning Approved?

  • You're not going to be able to run a permission-less glamping business without someone finding out and reporting it to the authorities, especially with the strong feelings neighbors can have about a proposed glamping site in the region.
  • If this occurs, you'll have to either restore the land to its original condition or request for permission retroactively, for which the likelihood of approval is decreased due to the attempted deception. You may be charged with a crime if you disobey these instructions.

How Can I Obtain Planning Approval for a Campsite?

  • Prior to submitting your whole application, think about pre-planning.
  • Pre-planning is usually a possibility before submitting a full planning application for your glamping development. This entails providing your local government with designs and basic information about your glamping operation. They will then advise you on the likelihood that your project will be granted planning permission. The council's response is just a chance to get insightful input on your plan and its viability for the community; it doesn't result in a final decision. Positive feedback allows you to refine your full application and increase the likelihood that you will be granted planning permission for your glamping business. Negative feedback prevents you from spending time and money on a full application.
  • Is it necessary to complete pre-planning before formally submitting a planning application? It varies. It could make more sense to move directly into full planning if you are certain that your application will be accepted. In the event that you are unsure if your government will accept your project, pre-planning is a less risky solution that essentially serves as insurance. We go into more detail about this in our blog post on pre-planning for glamping. Selecting the best course of action will also be aided by a Glitzcamp Feasibility Study.

The Complete Application for Planning

An exhaustive planning application is the ultimate form. Your glamping fantasies will either flourish or fail there. You must apply in-depth to your local government in order to obtain planning clearance for glamping, or for any other type of planning. The planning committee will examine your application, take into account the complaints of nearby residents, and consider feedback from government agencies including the Highways Authority. After that, they'll decide definitively whether to accept or deny your application, always keeping the best interests of the neighborhood in mind.

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What Are Some Important Elements in Obtaining Planning Permission for Glamping?

While each glamping application is unique, governments frequently bring up certain issues in their judgments and policies. These are the three main ones.

Visual Effect

This is a problem that should be fairly obvious. If a development becomes an eyesore to the community, your local government will not want to authorize it. It's crucial that your site blends in with the surroundings as much as possible and that your glamping units are well-screened by trees or other natural obstacles.

Gain access

Following the submission of your application to the government, several public agencies, including the local roads authority, will be consulted. They provide input on matters like the potential volume of traffic the website may receive and the appropriateness of the suggested entry points on the website.

You have to make sure that your website is both car-accessible and safe when designing it. Since it would be dangerous to exit the site directly onto a 60 mph bend, this should also take into account cars leaving the site. If you don't already have an access point or if it needs to be created, carefully consider where would be the best place for it.


It is not unexpected that authorities are starting to place a greater emphasis on sustainability. The majority of governments have sustainability policies, and they place a high value on following them when choosing whether to approve a glamping application.

Surprisingly, using solar panels and other green activities isn't necessarily their main priority. Usually, their primary worry with sustainability has to do with using cars to get to the location. For instance, getting permission for a location that is far from the closest town and has little access to buses, sidewalks, or bike lanes might be challenging. They would like to see more people using sustainable forms of transportation and less people relying on cars.

Best Practices for Obtaining Planning Permission for Glamping

Although each application is unique, the following common practices should be adhered to if you wish to increase the likelihood that your glamping planning application will be accepted:

Reduce the effect you have on the visual environment.

If your glamping location is not ugly, your application has a better chance of being accepted. Plant additional trees or carefully position your units behind existing ones to shield the site from view as much as possible.

Recall that you are interacting with human beings, not AI.

The municipal government does not merely enforce laws without thought. Since they are human, they are prone to bias and emotion just like the rest of us. When you converse with your planning officer, keep that in mind. Always respond promptly, courteously, and professionally, even if the planning officer feels differently.

Obtain the support of your neighbors.

Support from your neighbors won't likely make a big difference in how your application is handled because councils usually give more weight to the advice of experts who have been consulted (like the roads agency). However, your life will be much easier if you are not concerned about protests, threats, etc.

Employ professionals

A DIY pre-planning application might get you by just fine, but it won't work for your entire application. An estimated 75% of planning applications for glamping are filed by licensed architects and designers, such as ourselves, and the success rate for those applications is significantly higher. This is because work completed by someone who regularly files planning applications for a living typically has far better standards for drawings, research, written arguments, etc.

Advance Your Project

We are the perfect individuals to contact if you want to obtain glamping planning clearance because we not only submit planning applications for a living but also specialize in glamping projects.

Would you like to proceed with your glamping project? Here's how to schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists.

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