PLANS TO REPLACE GLAMPING TENTS WITH CABINS
A planning application has been submitted to replace the luxury glamping tents at Penninis Farm on St Mary's with timber cabins.
There are currently seven custom designed safari tents at the site, but applicants Jon and Daniel May wish to build seven "more robust 'pod cabin' structures" in their place.
The application states that the new cabins will "sit on the existing tent platforms" and "there will be no new additions to roads, access, trenching, services or infrastructure".
Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping was given permission in 2014 to keep the tents up in the winter due to the time involved in emptying, dismantling and then reassembling them.
However, the new application states that Storm Imogen in February 2016 "caused much damage with two tents needing to be replaced.
"We are now in a position where we do not have enough time or manpower to remove the tents each year yet it’s not economical to have to replace them each year after any winter storms."
It adds that although the glamping business has been successful and allowed the owners to reinvest and expand Peninnis Farm, the tents are "very susceptible to the wind due to their large size and many guests have mentioned how noisy they are in even mild winds".
A consultation response from the AONB partnership was supportive of the plans, saying: "Given the discrete nature of where the units are positioned it would be an improvement to have the more robust 'pod cabins' with the view that they are an improvement in visual and landscape terms.
"It is also felt that they would be a benefit to the economy of the islands to have this alternative style of accommodation available for a longer season."