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All You Need To Know

Greendown Shepherd Huts

Glamping Planning Permission

Almost everyone setting up a new glamping business will require glamping planning permission and at Greendown Shepherd’s Huts we have you covered. We offer an in house glamping planning permission solution to ensure your new glamping business setup goes as smoothly as possible.

Do I Need Glamping Planning Permission

The most likely scenario is that you will need planning permission for your new shepherd’s hut(s). There are a couple of scenarios that would exempt you from needing planning permission that we will discuss now.

If your hut is in the garden of your house and you will be using it as an addition to the house, it is exempt from planning permission requirements. In this scenario, the hut is seen as an addition to your house only and the local council do not need informed of such a hut. Be careful with this however, if you plan on renting this hut out for financial gain, you do require full glamping planning permission.

The other scenario in which you are exempt from planning is if the hut is a ‘temporary’ structure and you plan on renting it out for less than 28 days a year. The term ‘temporary’ is a very grey area and if you are looking to rent huts out, 28 days a year is not very much at all so we avoid steering clear of this.

In all other circumstances, you will require full glamping planning permission and we can assist with this.

Glamping Planning Permission Process

At Greendown Shepherd’s Huts we suggest a 3 stage process. Step 1 – initial concept design, step 2 – pre-planning application and step 3 – full planning application. Each of the steps has a different benefit.

The main benefit of the initial concept design stage is that we work with you to set out your site exactly as you desire. This will be done in AutoCAD and will include a background created with satellite imagery for precision layouts. This will ensure we can fit in exactly what you’re planning into where you’re planning it.

The main benefit of the pre-planning application is that we can try to get the local council on board with the project. A pre-planning application is essentially you asking the council for their advice on your thoughts (that we developed in the initial concept design). It is human nature to be more favourable to someone if they have asked for your advice before doing something and it’s the same when submitting a full planning application, if you have asked for pre-planning advice first, you are more likely to get it through. Greendown Shepherd’s Huts can complete this full process for you.

The benefit of a full glamping planning permission application is that you will be allowed build your site. You will also have peace of mind that your site design is safe and up to scratch. At Greendown Shepherd’s Huts, we can help you through this entire process, completing all required drawings and submissions to get your new glamping site off the ground.

Starting Your Glamping Business

At Greendown Shepherd’s Huts we can also help you start your glamping business. There are a number of different aspects to starting a glamping business the planning permission process is only one of them. There is also the build process and the art of getting customers.

We can help with the build process of your new glamping site, completing water and power applications and building warrant applications. We can also project manage the entire build of your site if required. Ask us more about these services today!

The final (and maybe most important) aspect of starting your glamping business is getting customers. The best way to get bookings is with a website and autonomous booking system. Once again this is something we can do in house to help you get going. Once you have somewhere for people to book, you need to get people there. That is done with social media and marketing. This will drive customers to your website to book. Ask us about any of these services today!

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Holiday Letting Checklist.

We have put together a guide for everything you need to set up an AirBnB page for your Greendown Shepherd hut.

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Delivery Information

Please download this PDF guide to understand all you need to know regarding the delivery of your Greendown Shepherd Hut.

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Preparing For Your Hut

Please download this PDF guide to understand all you need to have prepared in preparation for your Greendown Shepherd Hut!

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What an awesome investment. Every person who stays in one of my shepherd huts comments on how different, cosy and enjoyable it was. It’s really helped me to add something truly different to my campsite.


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Phone us:
0117 986 9685

Greendown, Zeal Green Business
Park, Bristol, BS14 0QL.

Opening Hours:
8:00AM to 5:00PM.


© Copyright Greendown
Shepherd Huts Limited 2022.