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Britchcombe Farm purchased by Lovat Holiday Parks

on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 11:49am

A message from our friends over in Uffington:-

Many residents will be aware that Britchcombe Farm has been sold recently, including the farmhouse, farm buildings and c140 acres of farmland, which include some of the fields used for camping.

It has come to our attention that the purchaser is Lovat Holiday Parks, a firm which offers holiday homes for rent or purchase and whilst information on Britchcombe is non-existent, you can see the type and scale of their other sites here:-

The owner has already submitted some preparatory planning applications to clarify the status of the ‘camping fields’.

We are concerned that Lovat Holiday Parks may be preparing to convert some or all of the former rather low-key, summer only, informal camping fields into the sort of holiday locations pictured on the website and that an attempt may be made to convert Britchcombe Farm into the sort of over-developed holiday site which would be inappropriate in this very sensitive location.
 
To ensure a coordinated response to any such application, a working group has been formed to monitor activity on the Britchcombe Farm site. The group is comprised of residents of Uffington and Woolstone and representatives of other local organisations and entities, and is chaired by the Chairman of Uffington Parish Council – Mike Oldnall. The Clerk to Woolstone Parish Meeting, Sarah, has volunteered to act as Secretary to the group; any queries should be addressed to [email protected]
 
The working group is now gathering as much information as possible, including the relevant planning law. It is, of course, well aware that Britchcombe Farm is located in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is adjacent to the internationally known, National Trust owned, heritage sites of White Horse Hill and Dragon Hill, all of which offer a considerable degree of protection from development. 

More information will be issued as it becomes available.