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Preston farmer’s bid to build glamping pods in “idyllic Ribble Valley village”

Written by on December 3, 2021

Plans have been submitted to install three glamping pods on farmland in an “idyllic” village in the Ribble Valley.

Maxine Winstanley has submitted a planning application to Ribble Valley Borough Council to install three high quality glamping pods on land at Westmoor Farm in Bolton by Bowland.

Mrs Winstanley, of Pinewood Avenue in Broughton, reveals in her application that the business will be run by the family to supplement the farm’s income.

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“The day-to-day management of the holiday cottages will be carried out by the family,” the plans state.

“It is hoped, however, that if the glamping pods are successful a part time position will be offered in the future.”

The pods, which will sleep up to six people, will be “set on a working farm on the outskirts of the idyllic village of Bolton by Bowland in the heart of the Ribble Valley”.

Mrs Winstanley says in her application: “We are hoping the glamping pods will attract tourism which will increase the local economic growth.

We are proposing to build three luxury glamping pods set in the grounds of Westmoor Farm. Each unit will have its own outdoor space, dedicated carparking space and a secure store for cycles and or other outdoor activities equipment.

“We envisage family holidays and weekend-breaks as our main customers. In addition to this, we feel that the close proximity to Gisburn Forrest may attract keen cyclists for a one or two night stop over.

“Located in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the glamping pods have the benefit of open countryside views on all sides. Seton a working farm in over 60 acres of land the glamping pods will have fantastic views of Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley. There are countless outdoor activities to enjoy in the area surrounding Westmoor Farm, including The Trough of Bowland, Pendle Hill, Gisburn Forest Cycle Trail, Clitheroe Castle, Skipton Castle and Sawley Abbey.

“Each pod will be fitted out to a high standard and will be able to sleep up to six people, they will contain a double bedroom, separate bunk beds and a sofa bed. Facilities will include electric underfloor heating, on demand hot water, shower room and toilet, fitted kitchen with sink, oven, hob, microwave and fridge.

“There will be a lounge area, dining table and chairs, a wall mounted flat screen TV and internet access. A porch area will be incorporated where guests can sit and enjoy beautiful views over the Ribble Valley and Pendle Hill.”

A final decision will be made following a period of public consultation.

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