New campsite plan unveiled

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THE owner of a 20-acre stud farm and boarding kennels for cats, dogs and horses in Glemsford has applied for planning permission to set up a camp site on river-fronted land in the village.

Nikki Lancaster said the plan for an eight-pitch camp site and toilet block at Brookfield Place in Low Street will come before parish councillors for consideration next week.

“I know there is some opposition to the plan but we are only setting up a site for tents and will not be offering camping for caravans, so won’t be in competition with other nearby camp sites,” she said.

“We hope people will see it as a good thing for the village as it will bring in business for the community in terms of our shops and stores.”

She said the site would be an addition to Blackbrook Stud, which bills itself as a luxury boarding kennel for cats and dogs and also offers “horse holidays”.

The stud has hydrotherapy for horses, outdoor showjumping, a horse walker machine and menage.

A planning application for a change of use for kennels and grazing fields to a campsite for holiday use and a toilet block, plus an extension to an access road, has been submitted to Babergh District Council.

Nikki, who is a member of British Para Show Jumping Association for physically disabled and visually impaired horse riders, added: “It is a lovely spot and would be ideal for camping.

“We are just keeping our finger’s crossed.”