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Dorset village pub unveils plans for new stopover facilities

A Dorset village pub hopes to attract campervans and motorhomes with its plans for new stopover facilities.

The Green Man at Kings Stag in Sturminster Newton will soon have 11 bays with electric hook-ups, a communal shower and toilet block.

Dorset Council planners are being invited to approve a planning application for the changes in a field behind the pub.

Public comments on the proposals for the hay meadow site, with access off the car park, are being invited by the end of November.

Planning documents suggest that an extra ten parking spaces will be provided by the changes with a crushed tarmac roadway added to the site and the bays created with compacted stone with a gravel top.

Much of the energy for the hook ups on the site will come from the thirty solar panels already in place on the roof of the pub with rainwater from the toilet and shower block roof being collected in a water butt and used in the pub garden.

The planning application says that none of the existing hedges or trees will be affected by the development with local businesses used, where possible, should the plans gain approval.

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Chris November 10, 2023 at 7:36 am

Sounds an excellent idea and I wish them the very best of luck with the project

Rufus November 10, 2023 at 9:14 am

Definitely….. It’s time more places had small well served sites for motorhomes. The established larger club sites have rather become overpriced and have to much monopoly. That monopoly makes it easy for planners to take the easy option making it harder for such ventures as this to happen.
If councils and the government really do want to reduce so called wild camping by freeloaders we need to have properly serviced, reasonably priced facilities to flourish and this would also make it harder for large organisations to demand the excessive fees they do now…..That’s my 10 penneth!

David Kerswill November 10, 2023 at 10:06 am

good luck with the planning

Denise November 11, 2023 at 1:50 pm

That sounds fantastic. I hope you’re successful. Look forward to visiting


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