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'Caviar-eating champagne-drinkers' fear for Forest of Dean yurts

By citizengibbon  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

Library picture of yurts

Library picture of yurts

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A LITTLE touch of Mongolia is on its way to the Forest of Dean – but villagers aren't happy about it.

Plans for five yurts to be built on land at Dursley Cross Farm, near Longhope and May Hill, were given approval on Thursday.

It was given the go-ahead in spite of neighbouring residents' concerns that the yurts – large circular tents originating in Mongolia – would be "out of keeping" and "alien" to the area and spoil its natural beauty.

A petition with 67 signatures was handed in to planners at Forest of Dean District Council, with dozens of other letters objecting to the tourism scheme.

One concerned neighbour wanted it thrown out on the grounds that the target market would be people who enjoy "all nighters, with lots of champagne, caviar and chat".

Longhope Parish Council added its objections too, with concerns about pollution, noise and security. The saga has been played out on the public blog of Nicola Mills, who along with husband Gary, is renovating Dursley Cross Farmhouse and is behind the yurt venture.

She said: "We are hoping to start a rural business that will support the local economy and provide our family with a future at Dursley Cross.

"The type of people that stay in yurts are intelligent couples or young families with disposable income. They come to relax and get away from the daily grind."

No power will run to the yurts, which will be heated with wood burners and lit with solar fairy lights.

They will accommodate a maximum of four people each.

Planning permission was also granted to convert part of the Grade II listed farmhouse into a washroom.

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  • vurestexpat  |  December 11 2012, 4:02PM

    It will bring people who chat and drink! The horror!! Why anyone would want to come and stay in a place peopled by the idiots who signed that petition is beyond me. They'd be better off visiting an area where people actually appreciate visitors who spend money and enjoy the countryside..

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  • Dr_Hfrrrrr  |  November 26 2012, 1:58PM

    I think it's the cider drinking bear worriers we should be more concerned about...

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  • valhalla2010  |  November 26 2012, 1:30PM

    Yes Alfredo, my thoughts exactly. If someone from that there London wants to come to the area and spend money why would someone try to stop them? So what if they want to drink, most people do when on holiday, even Foresters. Is this NIMBYism or a case of wanting to keep things local, for the locals. "What's all this shouting, we'll have no trouble here! This is a local shop for local people"... Come along Tubbs.

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  • Alfredo_  |  November 26 2012, 9:40AM

    Considering caviar is available at Lidl I can see why the locals are concerned.

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  • RGME9  |  November 25 2012, 12:10PM

    My family & I stayed in a Yurt in the Lake District this summer and had a wonderful time. The Yurts were in an eco valley with no electricity. All lighting came from solar panels. There was a small wood burning stove in the Yurt which used recycled compressed wood shavings blocks. It was a brilliant base from which to enjoy the country side - which I feel would be ideal for families to enjoy all that the Forest of Dean has to offer. A great way too of extending the traditional 'camping season' and bring more tourism money into the area. We for one will be booking a Yurt in the Forest.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 24 2012, 1:07AM

    assume there will be an open fire in the middle of the yurt and that all that will be designed and constructed to meet building regs, and fire safety.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 24 2012, 1:05AM

    Cut down the trees and create an original scrub-desert scenery, and Get a herd of wild horses to complete the picture.

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