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Glamping gain for landowners after washout July

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The season for pop-up camping has more than doubled, offering enterprising landowners in the region a vital lifeline for their diversification ambitions.

Prior to last month, there was a 28-day limit on operating temporary sites for glamping, campervans and motorhomes. Now, however, the permitted development rights last 60 days.

But with more landowners now set to take advantage of the commercial opportunities, a rural insurance broker is urging them to be aware of the risks.

“Glamping will inevitably involve members of the public setting foot on private land,” said William Nicholl, of Lycetts.

“Health and safety risk assessments, along with measures and procedures to ensure a safe environment, are therefore essential. Public liability is also a must, and insurers may request site inspections to ensure quality standards and requirements are being met.

“Furthermore, a longer glamping season may see landowners taking on staff, so Employers’ Liability cover must be in place.”

With drier conditions forecast for the end of summer, fire risk is also a serious consideration for those offering barbecues and fire pits as part of the glamping experience.

The new regulations, which apply to England only, are conditional on there being no more than 50 pitches, and having toilets and waste disposal systems in place.

Landowners who already operate pop-up camping sites are not required to seek extra planning permission, but they must notify councils of the opening dates in advance.

Nicholl said: “As the ‘cost-of-business’ crisis continues, landowners are increasingly turning to diversification as a way of boosting revenue.

“Extending glamping opportunities could help them recoup some of the losses caused by cancellations during the bad weather of July.

“However, a failure to protect against the risks can have devastating financial consequences.

“It is therefore important to seek advice from experts who are experienced in the field.”

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