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Floating holiday pods could come to Bicton College

Plans submitted for two floating holiday units.

The ‘Lilypods’, as they are known, will be crafted from locally sourced sustainable timbers is a geodesic dome. Each dome measures 3m high by 6m wide and will have an open plan design for sleeping and living space, with a partitioned area for the compost loo and shower.

Documents submitted with the plans say: “As floating structures, the Lilypods do no need any damaging groundworks and they will be secured in position by mooring ropes and accessed via a floating jetty.”

Each dome has accommodation for up to two adults with a double bed, a kitchenette, and a separate bathroom area, but no children or groups are allowed to book, the application says.

It adds: “Glamping is a growth area with huge potential in the southwest due to the attractive coastal and rural character of the area. The proposal would provide benefits to local businesses in the surrounding area as a result of the increased economic activity that tourism brings.

“The proposal would also provide rural diversification opportunities and support the expansion of existing businesses, support the educational activities at the Bicton College site, and would provide further jobs for local people.”

A letter submitted from Sawday’s Canopy and Stars adds further detail as to the growth of glamping.

The letter says: “Spaces on or near continue to be some of our most popular spaces. The rich natural environment is a particularly attractive setting to our guests, who are looking for opportunities to really enjoy the natural environment, so this setting is perfect.

“We’re very excited about the prospect of marketing this place and we have every confidence that the floating dome will prove to be a very popular destinations for Canopy and Stars guests.”

East Devon District Council planners will determine the fate of the application at a later date.

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