Glamping and the Airbnb of camping … and more news

The season’s well underway and getting into full swing now, so here are some tidbits of news and information for new and experienced caravanners alike.

Fewer static caravans and more glamping proposed for North York Moors

The North York Moors National Park is proposing to reduce the size and number of static caravan parks in favour of short-term tourism – represented by touring caravans and glamping sites – and more homes for permanent residents, according to a report by the Yorkshire Post on the 13th of April.

The proposal comes in the planning authority’s new Local Plan which believes that static caravan parks, used by second-home owners and longer-term visitors, now dominate the available sites within the National Park. Re-balancing the economic, social and environmental needs of the area requires a switch away from such large facilities to smaller glamping sites – teepees, yurts and pods – and touring caravan sites, together with more homes for local residents.

Three out of four chalets and caravans inside the park are not currently let for public hire, says the Park Authority, but are used as permanent main homes, second homes or holiday lets of prolonged or protracted tenancies.

The Airbnb of camping launches

The Daily Mail reports on Camplify – a new app which echoes the wildly popular accommodation-sharing website Airbnb. But in this case, owners earn extra cash by letting out their caravan or motorhome to Camplify guests.

The average touring caravan or motorhome is used just two to four weeks a year, according to the article, and typically remain unused and just sitting in the driveway for the other 11 months of the year.

First rolled out in Australia, the app now boasts 3,500 caravan and motorhome owners registered in that country and the UK – with claims of potential earnings of as much as £10,000 a year.

Application made for the “UK’s finest holiday park” in Newquay

The UK has its fair share of holiday parks, but the best in the country is planned for a huge site at Quintrell Downs, near the Cornish town of Newquay, according to reports by Cornwall Live on the 24th of April.

A planning application for the 50 hectare (123 acre) site envisages a £50 million development of some 1,000 holiday lodges, chalets and static caravans that would house a visiting population bigger than many towns and villages in Cornwall.

Promising that it will be the “UK’s finest holiday park”, the developers also plan to build restaurants, a leisure centre, swimming pools, and other amenities on the site.

The planning authorities so far seem sympathetic to the proposals but have recommended that heritage impact, archaeological, and other assessments are first carried out in the area.

Leicestershire holiday park voted best touring site in UK

Ever wondered which is the best caravan touring site in the UK?

The wait is over as Eye Kettleby Lakes, near Melton in Leicestershire, has been voted the best in the country, announced the Leicester Mercury on the 16th of April.

The public acclaim was awarded by readers of Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome who voted it the best for touring caravans and motorhomes alike.

The 150-acre park has benefitted from an investment of £2 million over the past two years, which has seen an increase in the number of pitches for touring caravans rise from 60 to 130, upgrading of the tea room and bar, a new site office and a resurfaced car park.

The site also boasts luxury nine coarse fishing lakes and a number of luxury log cabins and other glamping accommodation.