Shepherd's hut/Gypsy wagon what planning permission would i need?

Manney

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Livestock Farmer
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Penzance
I'm thinking about setting up a small glamping enterprise with a shepherd's hut and gypsy wagon. Will be located slightly off the main farm on the edge of some woodland. Access is ok and the view is stunning.

The site has mains water but I will need to install a septic tank. What planning would I need? Just change of use? Everything will be on wheels and moved every so often.
 

Manney

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Penzance
We've got first refusal on a nice shepherds hut with it's own shower/toilet etc. I know of a gypsy wagon that's in good condition and is potentially for sale but obviously I would need some sort of toilet/shower block. All of the above I am happy with it's just the planning side of things I'm not sure about.

We stayed a a couple of sites and neither had planning permission.
 

Pasty

Member
Location
Devon
Don't think you need planning for a tank, probably approval from environmental health or just do it to standard. In terms of change of use, talk to Freedom Camping Club.
 
I worry about over supply also, all the hut manufacturers are on long waiting lists. my thinking is next 2 years will be ok, oversupply will be an issue after that. huts should pay for themselves in 12-18 months, I paid for one of mine with a covid grant during lockdown (I had 3 qualifying businesses) so was essentially free.. so far having the first hut open since July it is 1/3 paid for already, our second opens next week. if it became un viable in future we love the hut (its next to a lake) and would keep one for personal use anyway, I'm sure the other could sell. once paid for only real cost is cleaning and laundry (approx £30/stay all outsourced) so its a long cost running business if you decide to stick to it when prices drop.
 
Our area has very few and thousands of tourists. The one we might buy is 25K and we have budgeted for a conservative 2 year payback.
I worry about over supply also, all the hut manufacturers are on long waiting lists. my thinking is next 2 years will be ok, oversupply will be an issue after that. huts should pay for themselves in 12-18 months, I paid for one of mine with a covid grant during lockdown (I had 3 qualifying businesses) so was essentially free.. so far having the first hut open since July it is 1/3 paid for already, our second opens next week. if it became un viable in future we love the hut (its next to a lake) and would keep one for personal use anyway, I'm sure the other could sell. once paid for only real cost is cleaning and laundry (approx £30/stay all outsourced) so its a long cost running business if you decide to stick to it when prices drop.
If It could pay for itself and we have it for free in the worst situation I would be happy as I have a young daughter and she would simply love it.
 

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