Treehouse Guest Accommodation at Elmore Court

Planning permission

Working with Miller Howard Workshop and a wider consultant team, we are glad to report planning permission has been granted by Stroud District Council for the erection of six treehouses to provide holiday and guest accommodation within woodland at Elmore Court.

Elmore Court is a Grade II* listed building dating from the late 16th Century which is used as a wedding venue and forms part of the Elmore Estate. The Estate occupies much of the northern part of the peninsula adjacent to the River Severn and the scheme is part of a wider vision for the Elmore Estate which including the re-wilding of large areas of former farmland.

Prior to submission, our work involved in engaging in positive pre-application discussions with Stroud District Council with regards to the proposals to help aid the development of the scheme. Our Client also engaged with the local community prior to the submission of the application including a public consultation and a presentation to the Parish Council.

Our application included justification for the principle of additional guest accommodation in the countryside associated with the growth of the existing business, which is encouraged and supported by both the NPPF and the adopted Stroud Local Plan. We also worked alongside other consultants to demonstrate the proposed development, as a result of its carefully considered design, will not have any detrimental impact on the landscape, existing trees, biodiversity or result in any flood risk.

We worked proactively during the course of the application with the Planning Officer at Stroud District to overcome some issues highlighted by relevant consultees and minimised pre-commencement conditions and ensure the works could start early in 2022.

The permission was granted by Stroud District Council at the end of 2021 and our Client was pleased, commenting; “That is an excellent Christmas Present. Wonderful news! Many thanks.” (Private Client)

SFP are providing planning advice on a number of holiday and tourism developments across the country and should you require help with gaining planning permission for something similar or for any project, large or small, then please contact us now: or call our offices.

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