A staycation surge in the popularity of camping due to Covid-19 is set to present new diversification ‘opportunities’ for farmers.
With Britons holidaying at home and Government having temporarily relaxed planning conditions to extend the open season in England from July 14 to December 22, the number of ‘pop-up’ campsites in rural areas has boomed, making it a potentially lucrative income for farmers with land to spare.
In a written statement by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick said: “Local planning authorities should not look to taking enforcement action that would restrict campsites, caravan and holiday parks from extending the open season [and should] account for the economic importance of this extension.”
Further relaxations to permitted development rights has also seen Government temporarily double its planning exemption, which will allow land to be used for up to 56 days without permission up until December 31.
Highlighting the importance of permitted development rights in delivering rural development, a CLA spokesperson said: “We very much welcome the Government’s measures, as they will prove to be yet another tool that will enable rural businesses to operate for longer.
“It will also help businesses that depend on the temporary use of land to recoup some of the revenue and custom lost earlier this year.”
According to Statistica, residents spent approximately 2.41 billion pounds on camping and caravan trips in 2019.
The spokesperson added: “These rights will allow many rural businesses to establish and grow.”