PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR MULTI MILLION POUND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

 

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PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR MULTI MILLION POUND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

A planning application has now been submitted by Vectis Ventures Limited for an exciting and imaginative multi-million pound development of quality treehouse and lodges at the award-winning attraction, Robin Hill Country Park.  

Referred to as ‘Nesting’, the project comprises of two phases of development.  These are :

  • Phase One - 13 treehouse structures raised up in the tree canopies, 11 timber framed lodges and 40 glamping tents for seasonal use 
  • Phase Two – 9 treehouse structures and 17 timber framed lodges  

The planning application seeks full permission for phase one and outline permission for the remaining units.

The development is to be sited in areas of Robin Hill which are currently unused or in need of regeneration, and has been designed so that all the accommodation is nestled into the natural landscape of the park, maximising on the most stunning views across the valley and providing unique visitor accommodation.  

Following discussions between the design team and officers from the  AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the Local Planning Authority, further consideration has been given as to how ‘Nesting’ can fit within the sensitive countryside environment.  The layout has been amended to reflect this. The design now reduces the impact of a ‘terrace’ effect by staggering the lodges and treehouses within the woodland.   A landscape architect has also been instructed to design a sensitive planting scheme that will reduce the visual impact from across the valley.  

Alexander Dabell, Managing Director of Vectis Ventures Limited, said, “With almost 30% of Island residents employed in tourism, it is essential that we extend the season to make it an all year round industry and start talking ‘careers’ in tourism and not just seasonal jobs.  Tourism is the main industry on the Island, it contributes around £520 million into the Island’s economy but it has the potential to do more.  The Island needs quality, fun and imaginative accommodation of this type to encourage more visitors to stay and enjoy what is almost a year round programme of great events and festivals.  With ‘Nesting’ we are not only providing the quality accommodation, we are creating opportunities for local people to have year round careers in tourism, and at the same time putting millions of pounds worth of investment into the local economy.”

 “We have already demonstrated with our award-winning ‘electric woods’ events that we can draw significant numbers of visitors to the Island.  Now we want to draw them over as staying guests year round, for the benefit of all.  Nesting is a serious proposal, it is a significant one, and we are working with AONB and the Local Planning Authority to ensure that it is a sympathetic development in keeping with the natural environment in which Robin Hill sits.”

Phase One of ‘Nesting’ is proposed for opening Spring 2018.

International architectural practice, Tate Harmer, who specialise in sustainable designs that work with nature, were commissioned to produce the designs for ‘Nesting’, to ensure a sensitive design approach.  By a careful selection of natural materials, the lodges and treehouses will blend into their natural surroundings, complemented by a sensitive landscaping scheme.

Blue Forest, regarded as the world’s leading tree house consultants and renowned for designing buildings that reflect the environment in which they are built, have also been commissioned on the project.  Their commercial clients include The Eden Project, Chewton Glen and Centre Parcs.