NTAD (on behalf of the South West Lakes Trust) has successfully obtained planning approval for a new build wash block to service the existing campsite at Wimbleball Lake. The site is situated in a stunning location within the heart of Exmoor National Park which also benefits from being Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve.
Detailed pre-application discussions with Exmoor National Park Authority provided an opportunity to justify the proposed development and gain valuable design feedback to inform the approved scheme.
The simple design is largely influenced by the agricultural barns within the area and the neighbouring timber framed cafe building. The roof eaves overhangs the plan to create a covered walkway to access the separate shower and toilet cubicles. The canopy will shield light pollution at night and provide space to enhance ecology (House Martin nest boxes and a bat box in the gable end).
The proposed wash block will be timber framed with locally sourced timber cladding and a natural slate roof. A biomass boiler will provide heating and hot water facilities during Autumn and Spring. The solar thermal roof panels will provide supplementary hot water heating in summer to ensure the development meets with the long term sustainability strategy of the Trust.
The target is to have the new wash room constructed in time for the 2017 camping season, watch this space!