Nethy Bridge 12 Pitch Camper site.

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Nethy Bridge 12 Pitch Camper site.

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http://www.eplanningcnpa.co.uk/online-a ... plications
( currently off line until 1700 Friday 9th April 21 for Scheduled upgrades).


The plans can still be found via the Highlands.gov.uk website Planning applications.

Reference 21/01064/FUL
CNPA reference 2021/0090/DET
Alternative Reference 100373945-001
Application Received Thu 04 Mar 2021
Application Validated Fri 05 Mar 2021
Address Land 315M SW Of The Half House Nethy Bridge
Proposal Please visit http://www.cairngorms.co.uk/park-author ... plications - Formation of campervan site
Status Awaiting decision
Decision Called in by CNPA

Decision Issued Date Mon 22 Mar 2021
Appeal Status Unknown
Appeal Decision Not Available


Determination Date Tue 04 May 2021

Highland Council website -Planning.

Planning – Application Comments

Comments may not be submitted at this time.
This notifies the Council of proposed work or development not needing its permission. The Council will not be approving or refusing the proposal, so comments are not invited.


This is the supporting Document supplied by Mr Black's Agent, Stephen Ritchie Architectural Services.

Supporting Statement- Proposed Small Campervan Site at Leiteir Feannagan
Farm, Garlyne Brae, Nethy Bridge PH25 3ED

1. Background
In recent years Mr and Mrs D. Black have scaled down their farming operations with the sale of
the main farm and their prize herd of cattle as part of their phased retiral plans. However, they
continue to farm in a smaller scale in the Garlyne Brae area and in the Causer and Lettoch areas
on the edge of the village. They have plans to move to their smaller farm holding at Leiteir
Feannagan in the Garlyne Brae area and received planning permission for a new house and
farm buildings here in 2017. They built the large farm shed and workshop in 2017 and have
moved all their farm machinery and equipment to this building and the neighbouring yard which
now serves as an operating base for their scaled down farm operation which primarily is
concerned with growing and selling hay as livestock feed. They have also diversified and grow
a limited range of vegetable crops for their own consumption and selling locally.
The Blacks own a caravan and have been keen caravanners for many years. With the growth in
the popularity in campervanning in recent years and the well-publicised shortage of overnight
stopping off places with supporting facilities for campervans and associated problems in the
Cairngorms National Park they have identified a business opportunity to diversify their farming
activities and provide a small campervan site with 12 campervans bays, hook up and effluent
disposal facilities as part of their farm holding at Leiteir Feannagan. The proposed site has
stunning views across Strathspey and they are convinced the small campervan site would be
popular with campervanners and relieve pressure in more sensitive areas in the Strath not
geared up to cater for this growing market. They are also keen to remain active and would enjoy
hosting visitors staying overnight with campervans.

2. Demand
Pre-COVID 19 there was a steady growth in the popularity of campervanning. Ownership of
campervans in the UK grew at 15% per annum compound and there was also a large expansion
of campervan holiday hire fleets. In 2020 there was a surge in people buying campervans and
the growth in hire fleets as more and more members of the public sought ‘safe’ staycation breaks
and holidays in the UK. Campervanning, along with other forms of self-catering, are increasingly
considered to be a safe holiday choice compared to staying in hotels and other types of serviced
holiday accommodation and this was reflected in the massive influx of campervans and
campervanners throughout Scotland and in the Cairngorms National Park, in particular, after the
phase 1 Covid 19 lockdown restrictions were eased. It was particularly busy between mid-July
to end of October period in 2020. The indications are that it is likely to be even busier this year
with a further growth in staycations, campervan ownership and campervanning holidays.
Some useful statistics from the National Caravan Council confirm the caravan and campervan
industry in the UK:
• contributes more than £6 billion p.a. to the UK economy (revenue from sales of products
and related services, holiday bookings etc)
• employs about 130,000 people, including part time and seasonal staff (mainly on parks)
• caravanning and campervanning is an important contributor to UK tourism:
o About £2 billion was spent on caravan and campervan holidays across Great Britain
in 2016
o In the region of 50 million nights are spent in caravans and campervans each year
In the UK, it is estimated that there are in current use:
• 555,000 touring caravans
• 365,000 caravan holiday homes
• 225,000 motorhomes

The Cairngorms National Park area, not surprisingly, has been a popular destination for
campervanners and the existing caravan parks which traditionally have a mix of static
caravans/lodges and touring caravan and camping pitches have struggled to cope with the surge
in demand from campervanners for overnight stays. This was also exacerbated by the popular
Glenmore Caravan and Camping Park remaining closed during the main 2020 season which led
to large numbers of campervans parking in laybys, car parks and anywhere they could find a
spot to pull in and park overnight. It is generally accepted there is a substantial shortfall in the
provision of campervan overnight stopping off points with appropriate support infrastructure
facilities throughout Scotland and in popular locations such as the Cairngorms National Park.
In nearby Tomintoul there is a good working example of the success of positive provision for the
campervan market. The local Bowling Club has introduced overnight stay provision for
campervans with access to the clubhouse toilets and electricity connections. This has proved to
be very popular with high occupancy rates at weekends and over the peak summer months. A
friend of the Blacks has been involved in this and is confident if overnight campervan parking
and supporting facilities are provided at Leiteir Feannagan Farm they would be a great success
with healthy occupancy levels during an extended season.
The under provision for campervans and the need for action has been acknowledged by local
MSP and the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Fergus Ewing who has stated recently he would
like to see an expansion in the provision of additional overnight facilities for campervans at
various locations around Scotland and this is a priority as part of a recently adopted national
visitor management plan. He has also indicated he would like to see farmers and crofters rising
to the challenge to cater for this growing market on their landholdings which would have the
double benefit of diversifying and sustaining farms and crofts as well as making a positive
contribution to visitor management and reducing problems in visitor hotspot areas such as
Strathspey in the Cairngorms National Park.
With Covid 19 likely to be with us for some time specialists in the tourism and leisure sector
predict there will be continued growth in staycation holidays for the next few years at least which
suggests urgent steps are required to expand provision of stopovers and sites for
campervanners as part of the national and local tourism recovery strategies and supporting
visitor infrastructure and visitor management plans.

3. The Proposals for a Campervan Site at Leiteir Feannagan Farm.
The site extends to less than 1 acre and the Blacks propose to provide bays for up to 12
campervans with hook ups for electricity, water and possibly wifi facilities. There also propose to
install a campervan effluent disposal point and associated sealed tank as they understand there
is an acute shortage of campervan effluent disposal points throughout the National Park. Effluent
would be collected in a large capacity underground tank to comply with current environmental
standards and would be periodically removed by road tanker. Specialist advice from contacts in
Highland Council has been taken on board in determining the size and type of tank to install (see
attached plan) Picnic facilities for campervanners will also be provided as will a recycling litter
bin storage area. As the Blacks have an extensive collection of old farm machinery an area is
also zoned for an open-air display next to the picnic area which will be part of an open parkland
area where campervanners will be able to relax and enjoy expansive views.
The campervan bays will be located along the eastern boundary of the farm holding between a
backdrop of trees and bushes and the main farm access road which includes a wide visibility
splay entrance and a cattlegrid. A recycling bin storage area screened with timber fencing will
be sited just to the east of the fenced and gated entrance for convenient use by the
campervanners. This area has been selected to minimise the visual impact of the campervan
site while also providing extensive views from Garlyne Brae across the forest village of Nethy
Bridge and Strathspey.
The bays will be fully compliant with current caravan and camp site licensing regulations with
adequate spacing and fire points. A series of campervan bays can be sensitively created in an
area of poor scrub ground which it is proposed to break up with green areas planted up with
native bushes such as broom to soften the visual impact of bay clusters and to provide some
privacy for campervanners parked up overnight. There are no plans to remove any trees.
The hook up pedestals will be standard bollard style columns no higher than 1 metre with and
they will provide as a minimum water and electricity connections. Ideally there will also be wifi
connections too. Bollards with multiple service points will be installed with services connections
for water and electricity run underground from the supplies near the large agricultural shed.
Leieteir Farm currently has its own source of good quality water from a specially drilled 100 metre
deep well and it is proposed to link the campervan hook ups to this via an underground waterpipe
so there will be no requirement for mains water. There are no plans to provide a toilet block as
modern campervans are well equipped with toilets, showers, water storage tanks and effluent
cassettes. The existence of an effluent disposal point to empty cassettes will be a facility that will
be welcome and well used by campervanners using the site. There is also the option of
campervanners in transit but not staying overnight using the effluent disposal point for a small
charge
The site will be managed by the Blacks who are currently on site at the nearby farm buildings on
a daily basis and they hope to be building their permanent home on the farm which already has
consent in the near future. This means they will be on the site 24/7 on a year-round basis. With
access to a large range of farm machinery and with their strong reputation for high quality
farmland management and husbandry over many decades, the Blacks will maintain the proposed
campervan and surrounding environs to a very high standard and provide facilities which are
sadly lacking in the area at present.
The attached plans show the location of the proposed campervan site and the layout of
campervan bays and supporting facilities.
The proposals comply with the main objectives and policies of Highland Council and the National
Park Authority and are a ‘good fit’ with many of the tourism, recreation and rural diversification
policies in national planning policy documents, the Cairngorms Partnership Plan and the Local
Development Plan.
In conclusion, this is a good example of a farm tourism diversification project appropriate in scale
and design which will make a positive contribution to addressing a real need in this area of the
National Park. It will be an exemplar overnight campervan site which will make a positive
contribution to local tourism and visitor management in the Cairngorms National Park.

Stephen Ritchie
March 2021
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This is interesting. We (the business I work for) are setting up an Aire in Nethy Bridge too - at Abernethy Nethybridge
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The proposed aire at Garlyne Bridge has been called in by the National Park. They want a check of Capercaillie!
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It's normally Crested Newts down here!
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Just tried logging onto relevant Eplaning site. Not online yet, Will try again on Monday.
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The CNPA planning website is still down. However I saw this on the website;

Weekly list of active planning applications. Note the Date Deadline for Public Comments.
called-in by the Cairngorms National Park Authority

22/03/2021 2021/0090/DET Highland Council
21/01064/FUL
Case officer; Stephanie Wade
Formation of campervan site at Land 315M SW Of The Half House,
Nethy Bridge
Deadline for Public Comments ; 19/04/2021

Public Access
Our Planning Public Access site will be unavailable from 16:00 hours on Friday 2nd April until 17:00 hours on Friday 9th April 2021 due to a scheduled systems
upgrade. We are confident that this upgrade will resolve the issue with notification on saved searches. If you wish to view or comment on applications
during this period then please contact planning@cairngorms.co.uk

It should also be noted that the Cairngorms National Park Authority ARE CLOSED DUE TO COVID, DO note Phone them as most staff are working from Home. Use the above email address; planning@cairngorms.co.uk
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Cairngorms.co.uk website Application portal now up and running again.
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The applicants will be grateful for any supportive letters to the National Park planning authority.
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No new movement on this application.
The Determination Deadline was Tuesday 4th May 21.
AGREED Expiry date is Thursday 15 Juky 21.
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