Woodland glamping site planned with luxury holiday lodges and converted air raid shelters

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 Aug 2018

A new glamping site with luxury holiday lodges and converted air raid shelters could be created if plans are given the go-ahead.

Proposals have been submitted to create a holiday site with 26 lodges, which will also include the conversion of three Second World War Stanton shelters into "accommodation pods".

The proposal from Mark Simmonds Planning aims to change the use of woodland off Blyton Road, between Laughton and Blyton.

Work would also include designing an access road from Blyton Road into the site, as well as creating car parking spaces.

The applicant said the proposal would help to bring investment into the Laughton area, between Scunthorpe and Gainsborough, through tourism.

The proposed site for the lodges, off Blyton Road between Blyton and Laughton

In a design and access statement submitted to West Lindsey District Council with the plans, the applicant said the change of use of the woodland area would help to develop the site and help the rural economy.

It said: "The proposed scheme represents an opportunity to deliver a high quality and sensitively designed development, which will contribute towards the rural and visitor economy, as well as make efficient use of what is redundant and quite vulnerable land."

The design and access statement said where possible, the new lodges would be sited on existing concrete plinths and said the site was used for military purposes during the Second World War.

It said: "There are 21 concrete plinths and four Stanton shelters within the application area, which are remnants of a World War II military installation.

One of the Stanton air raid shelters at the woodland site between Blyton and laughton which could be turned into a glamping facility

"Most of the concrete plinths are not highly obvious to the naked eye due to the amount of revegetation, earth and natural organic growth over the last 75 years."

Four of the shelters are earmarked to be converted into "accommodation pods" as part of the proposals, with the smaller fourth shelter to be used as a tool store.

Stanton shelters were manufactured by the Stanton Ironworks in Derbyshire, which initially produced spun-concrete lighting columns but ceased production and turned to concrete air raid shelters.

They were built principally for the air ministry and were usually made up of 18 precast concrete arch-shaped units, bolted together to form a shelter for 50 people.

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