Canvas glamping site destroyed by Storm Arwen to be rebuilt with wood on Northumberland coast

A glamping site on the Northumberland coast is to be made more storm resilient.

Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 4:02 pm

Canvas glamping lodges at Southfield Farm, near Seahouses, suffered ‘catastrophic damage’ in Storm Arwen.

An amendment to the planning permission which allows them to be replaced with wooden structures has now been approved by Northumberland County Council.

A planning report on behalf of applicant Guy Douglas explained: “The six lodges were constructed in accordance with the original permission, predominantly using canvas.

Planning application.

"They proved extremely popular with visitors. However, the canvas elements were not robust enough to withstand Storm Arwen and all of the lodges suffered catastrophic damage.

"Our client is keen to rebuild the lodges but insurance companies are insisting on the use of more substantial materials to withstand the weather conditions on the Northumberland coast and, in particular, the likelihood of powerful storms such as Arwen in the future.”

They added that the wood would naturally weather over time to blend into the local environment.

North Sunderland Parish Council had suggested that the materials used should be as per allowed in the original application.

They also requested that the lodges should not be used as permanent buildings with the original lodges being removed completely.

Stephanie Foster, planning officer at Northumberland County Council, approved the application using delegated powers.

She reported: ‘It is considered that changing the materials from canvas to wood would be an acceptable alternative and would not have a negative visual impact on the surrounding area or the application site. It is considered that this would be acceptable in terms of its visual impact.”