Nudist ordered to take down unauthorised 'tent' - with fitted kitchen units

A member of Nottingham Sun Club, which runs a glamping site for naturalists near Newstead Abbey Park off Blidworth Waye, built a tent-like structure in 2021 without permission
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A Nottinghamshire nudist has been ordered to remove an "inappropriate" glamping hut by council officials. A member of Nottingham Sun Club, which runs a glamping site for naturists near Newstead Abbey Park off Blidworth Waye, built a tent-like structure in 2021 without planning permission from Gedling Borough Council.

Despite its owner describing the construction as a temporary "tent", planners at the council disagreed and will be asking councillors to approve enforcement action against it at a planning committee on June 5. This will mean the owner will have to rip down the construction, subject to any potential appeal.

Council planning officers explained in a report that the structure had similarities with a tent but also had solid walls and fitted kitchen units, as well as double-glazed doors and an integrated boiler. They concluded it was too static and permanent to be classed as a temporary structure - which would not require permission.

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The officers stated there had also never been an attempt to remove the structure. Council documents argued the "inappropriate development" was harmful to the openness of the green belt, adding the personal use of it for glamping provided no social, economic or environmental benefits to make up for this.

A report to Gedling Borough Council's planning committee, penned by the local authority's officers, said ignoring the planning breach was "not considered an acceptable alternative" to enforcement action. "This would leave the glamping structure on the land and may lead to other similar structures being constructed by other club members on the site," the council worker explained.

Councillors have been advised to authorise officers to ensure the removal of the structure, using the courts if required. Documents explained the council would initially seek the owner's compliance over a one-month period.