A company called Pegs and Pitches is currently applying for planning permission from the South Downs National Park Authority for a change of use of agricultural land to a site for 30 tents, as well as an office, a shepherd’s hut and a ‘storage area’. ‘Facilities’ at Coldwaltham.
The 16 acre site, part of the Barlvington estate, is currently used for farming and shoots.
Batcheller Monkhouse officers, in a statement to the park authority, say the campsite would be used between April and October. It would have eight pitches with bell tents, with the rest reserved for campers bringing their own tents.
A facilities area on site would have bucket showers “to add to the wilderness camping experience”, specialized non-flush and non-electric toilets – with lighting provided by solar lights and hand-cranked lanterns.
The campsite would revert, officers say, to agricultural use in the winter.
Pegs and Pitches Camping currently owns and operates two other campsites in Sussex. They say their sites are based on a philosophy of environmental sustainability and “light living on earth in harmony with nature.” They say they have a “no trace” style of camping.
In his report to the South Downs National Park Authority, Batcheller Monkhouse states: “The vision of Pegs and Pitches is to run a campsite that celebrates the heritage and features of the National Park in an informative and positive way. A campsite has the ability to support other businesses on and off the estate and is a use that would be compatible with existing activities.
“The Pegs and Pitches offer affordable and comfortable accommodation for hardy campers and those who want a little more comfort.
“The campsite will provide visitors with a true experience of the national park and its significant elements, including an appreciation of the wildlife and an understanding of the history of the landscape and the estate.
“Campers will be able to warm up with firewood grown on the estate and barbecue with locally produced meat and dairy products which will be on sale in the reception building.”