Are Heacham woods the right place for a glamping site?

The site of the proposed glamping site. Picture: Google

The site of the proposed glamping site. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

Villagers are up in arms over plans for a woodland glamping site.

Samphire Developments has applied for permission to build 31 holiday pods a warden's house and store in woodland between the main A149 and Hunstanton Road.

In planning papers, it states: 'The proposed use of the woodland area as a camp site and the erection of camping pods provides

tourist accommodation for the 'glamping' market. This luxury form of camping has increased in popularity over recent years with the ethos being to provide sustainable quasi outdoor living for

holiday makers.

'The proposed use is ideally located within Heacham, which is a popular tourist resort, with two beaches and being located three miles from Hunstanton and eight miles from Sandringham attracts

a number of tourists annually, particularly in peak summer seasons.

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'The proposal will provide accommodation for tourists which will help to boost the local tourism economy, bringing spending power to the village of Heacham and other surrounding villages.'

The firm says the proposal will have 'minimal' adverse impact on the environment. But objectors commenting on the proposals fear they will bring more traffic and harm wildlife.

Beth Winsor said: 'This is a quiet and attractive part of the village which has been spoilt by the loss of trees already. The addition of a camp site will ruin it completely and will be a noise nuisance for the residents of Robin Hill and Hunstanton Road.'

And Kathleen Thompson added: 'Surely there is enough planning/building going on in Heacham already - woodland is precious and that area makes a good natural area border between Heacham and Hunstanton and a good impression on visitors travelling along the A149 - and development would mean yet more traffic on already very crowded roads.'

Emma Murtagh said: 'This is an area of ancient woodland and should be protected as such.

'There are various glamping, camping and caravanning sites within a small radius of this site and I feel it would add nothing to the area.'

And John Lambert said: 'This is a woodland area inhabited by wildlife which will be destroyed for the sake of profit.'

West Norfolk council's planning committee will decide the plans.

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