A planning application has been submitted to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council for a proposed glamping accommodation park (4 shepherd huts), landscaping, parking, access and ancillary site works with existing house and associated existing buildings retained at 52 Ballybogy Road, Ballymoney.
A planning statement says that the application site is extremely well located to support many of Northern Ireland’s signature and regionally important tourism sites.
The location is adjacent to Garry Bog, a National Nature Reserve, RAMSAR Site, Special Area of Conservation, and Area of Special Scientific Interest as one of Northern Ireland’s largest remaining areas of undamaged lowland raised bog.
The applicant Emma & Peter Hathaway says that the "development would provide high-end self-catering accommodation to the overseas and staycation market as a base to discover and enjoy the North Coast experience. The accommodation will comprise of four hand-built, premium, fully self-contained Shepherd’s Huts with private outdoor recreation/seating area.
"The huts are made by an Oxfordshire company, Red Sky Shepherd’s Huts, and feature a shower room with toilet, kitchenette, lounge/dining areas with wood burning stove, and bedroom.
"The development will provide premium accommodation for the local staycation market and the international tourist market. The business will be open year-round and the owners will oversee the day-to-day running of the accommodation, including welcoming guests and providing assistance during the stay (i.e., it will not be a faceless premises)."
The application will go before the council's planning committee later this year.