January 6, 2022 1.52 pm This story is over 29 months old

Take a break in Lincolnshire Councillor’s £100k glamping pods

Councillor granted permission for high-end glamping campsite

A North East Lincolnshire Councillor has been given the go-ahead to bring a high-end glamping campsite to the area.

Councillor Ron Shepherd’s four pods will be more luxurious than those currently on the local market, it’s claimed, with a total of £100,000 invested in the site.

Each self-contained pod will include a kitchen, sleeping accommodation and a toilet, and are set to open in Bradley by Easter.

Glamping (or glamour camping) allows people to experience the outdoors in comfort.

Councillor Shepherd says he hopes the site will let more people enjoy the area’s nature.

“I aim to give different types of groups the chance to come and enjoy the countryside,” he said.

“We will be aiming to attract families rather than drunken groups of girls or boys like other glamping sites might have.

“The facilities are high-end. Each of the four pods are self-contained. There isn’t anywhere to this standard in North East Lincolnshire at the moment.

“This is a beautiful area – you can have a walk around and see deer and woodcocks. It will help families get away from mainstream life and switch off in the countryside.”

Approved plans for glamping pods on Bradley Road, Bradley, NELC, by councillor Ron Shepherd. | Photo: David Hickinson Architecture

The pods will each be three metres by 5.4 metres, and 2.4 metres high.

A summer house will also be built on the site on Bradley Road, which already is already home to several caravans.

Pending approval from a power company due to nearby powerlines, the pods could be open within months.

The blueprint was approved by North East Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, with added scrutiny given as it was being made by a councillor.

Bradley Parish Council had objected on the grounds that there wasn’t enough detail and it would bring additional traffic to site.

However, councillors said that wasn’t a requirement at this stage, and they doubted that the four pods would create large amounts of traffic.

A neighbour also claimed the pods would be intrusive, but the committee felt they were sufficiently far away.

The plans, which were recommended by council officers, were passed unanimously.

Councillor Bill Parkinson said: “This seems like a fairly innocuous application which will help in a small way to draw tourism to the area. It’s increasingly common for glamping pods to be included on camp sites.

“The objections seems to be about the dislike of the site in general rather than these plans.”