Glamping and camping proposal for Fineshade
Last updated 17 June 2021
In early spring yet another planning application appeared for the meadow in front of Top Lodge. This one proposes 15 glamping pods, an unspecified number of camping pitches, a car park apparently with 21 spaces and a single static caravan for an on-site warden. And it's right in front of a Grade II listed building. But, most importantly, this would provide "Change of Use" for the meadow making further tent or caravan development much easier.
This is typical of applications that are the thin end of a wedge towards a company's real aim: in this case a huge complex of holiday or residential accommodation at Top Lodge. It's known as "planning mission creep". This application tries to exploit loopholes in legislation to build accommodation in beautiful open countryside.
Let's not be hoodwinked: this is a property company desperately trying to get a foot in the door to exploit Fineshade, just as they have at other similar sites
About the plan
Please click here to see the full planning application on the council's planning portal. It is number NE/21/00388/FUL.
This is the 5th application made by the owners of the field - all the others have been unsuccessful.
This one was lodged with the former East Northants Council but will be decided by the new unitary authority of North Northamptonshire. There is a new Planning Committee made up of councillors who will not necessarily know about the history of previous applications. We need to make sure they know the strength of local opposition.
The important details are in the Planning Statement that may be downloaded here. Large file - 9.3 Mb)
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The map shows the existing Top Lodge buildings (greyish tones, top centre)
The 15 glamping pods are shown as brown rectangles
What the plan does not make clear is the sloping nature of the ground which in places is quite steep. This is particularly true for the carpark as well as the space designated for tent camping.
What will the buildings look like?
The application does not specify or provide images but it is likely that the pods will be similar to those shown on the right and the static caravan as depicted in a previous application.
The meadow where development is proposed
This is the field where the camping and glamping would take place, with the entrance on the immediate right
The company behind this application,
Countrywide Park Homes
The application comes from Mrs Donna Barney who, with her husband Tony Barney, are the Directors of Countrywide Park Homes Ltd.