Holiday park owner says wigwams will boost tourism

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 August 2014

Wigwams provide a more 'luxury camping' experience.

Wigwams provide a more 'luxury camping' experience.

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WIGWAMS and yurts could be added to a holiday park to create a 'luxury camping' experience and promote tourism in the area, according to the would-be developer.

Andrew Wall, owner of Wall Eden Farmhouse in New Road, East Huntspill, wants to build 10 wigwams and two yurts on the land.

This would be in addition to existing holiday lodges, if plans are approved by Sedgemoor District Council.

Mr Wall said visiting Matamata in New Zealand, where the The Hobbit film was shot, reinforced the idea of redeveloping the site.

He said: “It’s luxurious camping. They have under-floor heating. It’s very much about promoting Somerset especially since the floods.

“I think over the years we have shown we have contributed to the community in many ways.

“Economically, we have about 50 people a week going to our local pubs and spending quite a bit of money in the area.”

The planning documents say the wigwams and yurts would help promote the area to tourists.

They say: “The proposal seeks to provide an alternative and exciting form of holiday lodge experience, which provides accommodation to supplement the existing tourism nature of the site and Wall Eden Farm generally.

“The wigwams and yurts will both complement and augment the existing on-site activities, which operate as a successful business venture, providing vital tourism accommodation and accessibility to rural attractions and introduce vital revenue for the local economy.”

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