Guides Farm to diversify into holiday lodges

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The Wilson family has recently applied to the council in order to get planning permission to build holiday lodges at the woodland at their land in Guides Farm. 

The idea to diversify their farm came from father-of-six Trevor Wilson, who thought diversifying would be a good way to guarantee the longevity of their farm as a business for the future generations of the family.

“We have 900 sheep on the salt marshes which I work with my parents depending on subsidies,” informs Trevor.

“We want to diversify with the lodges to make the business sustainable for my family. I am not in favour of large holiday parks; this will be a small-scale sporadic development.”

If the South Lakeland District Council approves the scheme, the Wilsons will build the stylish lodges near Sandgate Country Park, a luxury holiday site opened by father Edward Wilson years earlier.

“We are hoping that we will get the permission to start work on the lodges while the trees are growing around the site.”

“If we get permission it will be compatible with traffic requirements and will be landscaped so you don't know it's there.”

Apart from the holiday lodge development, Trevor is currently building a new house at Guides Farm to keep up with the on-growing Wilson family. He believes this development will help secure their future as well as benefit local businesses in the process.

“We want to make a good future for the family while also helping the local community. This development will boost businesses in the area including shops and pubs. It is an exciting scheme on an idyllic site.”

Garner Planning Associates, who are agents for the scheme, said: “Planning policy indicates that new caravan parks will be acceptable providing there is no adverse impact on the local landscape, the local road system and other environmental considerations.”

“Studies have been undertaken to consider landscape, highways and ecological issues. The scheme’s layout has responded to the landscape issues by ensuring the no units are placed on the highest part of the site and there is extensive landscaping."

“There is highway capacity and the additional traffic generation will be low. There will be no adverse environmental impacts.”

Taking into account all of these reasons, the the Kent-based planning consultants believe the planning permission will be granted.

Source: North West Evening Mail