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David Sorley posted this on 08th Jan 2012
The weather has continued to throw itself at us over the last month or so, you’ll be glad to know it’s done nothing to stop us! This is a little video snippet showing a snowy day back in December.
Shot by the lovely Giles from Box-head*.
Music by the ever talented Hunting Bears.
David Sorley posted this on 29th Apr 2011
Took a stroll up to near where the cabins will be situated… Lovely isn’t it?
Sam Hardwick posted this on 22nd Mar 2011
We now have confidence that the planning decision will be made in just seven days time! – Tuesday 29th March 2011, 2pm.
It has been an incredible journey and this is the next big milestone. We approached the landlords here at the Swinton Estate back in the spring of 2009… now two years ago! Over the last two years we have set up the relationship with Swinton and been in continued discussions with the AONB and the local planning authority. The planning application was completed and finalised in June last year and submitted to the council. We have then been in very detailed discussions with the council since then… the planning application will have been live for nine months when we hear the final outcome.
Although the journey has been incredibly hard work, it has also been very rewarding! It’s very reassuring that the council and their supporting consultees have approached our project with the level of attention and diligence that they have. I genuinely believe that the planning process has refined and shaped the proposal into something even more sympathetic and attuned to its surroundings. The final set of plans are really exciting… they look and feel real… I look at the site and ‘see it’ in its finished form. - let’s hope it goes through! – I can’t wait to get building.
We’ll keep you updated!
Sam Hardwick posted this on 23rd Nov 2010
Our keen followers will know that we haven’t yet got planning permission. Thanks for your continued interest; we’re hoping for a decision sometime in December.
Many of you will also know that we are working closely with the Swinton Estate and their senior team in bringing this vision into a reality. We’re really excited about the partnership and it has enabled a scheme to come together which is rich with detail, linking into many aspects of estate activity.
Felicity Cunliffe-Lister at Swinton has recently been interviewed by Yorkshire Life Magazine and this has been printed in the December issue. This interviewer (as many do) has edited Felicity’s comments a little and in doing so has slightly over-stated our current position in the project!
The text in the magazine reads “The temple is a fantastic site which we’re keen to protect for future generations. In fact, we’ve just started developing “glamping” accommodation and café facilities there for spring 2011”. While I would be delighted if this was the case, we are, of course, still waiting for the planning decision.
We have worked extremely hard to design a sensitive scheme for the site and are hopeful that permission will be granted, but we are also respectful of the planning process and confirm that we’ve not yet started any development work; indeed we don’t intend to until full planning has been granted and other preparatory work can be completed.
Sorry for any confusion that might have been caused!
As always, we’re more than happy to chat any time… just give us a call!
Sam. 01765 535020.
Sam Hardwick posted this on 06th Sep 2010
Hi folks, just a quick update on the planning application for The Bivouac Swinton.
We’ve been working on the details of this project for such a long time that we hopefully had most angles covered… but a couple of consultees have raised some concerns. If you’re not familiar with how the planning system works then here’s the basics… we submit a planning application with loads of separate reports about all the details of our proposal. Those separate reports get duplicated and sent to all sorts of offices and experienced professionals who then comment on the overall proposals as well as considerations specific to their particular field of expertise. These different offices and professionals are referred to as ‘consultees’.
Two consultees have raised concerns. We’re now talking to those consultees to understand their concerns more fully and we are looking for ways to amend our plans to take into account the concerns raised. We’ve been given a bit more time to do this, so a planning decision is now likely to be at the end of September.
Thanks to everyone for your support and interest. Feel free to get in touch anytime.
Sam Hardwick posted this on 25th Jul 2010
The planning application for The Bivouac Swinton is now valid and being assessed. Wow, it has taken the combined efforts of dozens of people and I want to say a massive THANK YOU to them all.
So who are they?
MAB Environment & Ecology
Flood Risk Engineers
Land & Geological Engineers
Dunelm Geotechnical & Environmental
Other Valuable Contributors:
Massive thank you to all those that have contributed; I would have no hesitation in recommending all of the above… who’s contributions to the project have been really excellent.
I also want to say an enormous WELL DONE to The Bivouac Team.
More information on the project to follow shortly!
Beth Hardwick posted this on 13th May 2010
I’ve been thinking about making some Bivouac shelters in the woodland where our first site will be. These shelters will be available for anyone wanting to head out of their shacks or tents for a night and experience true Bivouac life….
We’d give you a rucksack packed with the essential items you’ll need.. and you do the rest. Find your bivy spot and nest up, learning about who you are in that open air.
I was sent this picture yesterday which I thought captured this very well….
Beth Hardwick posted this on 16th Jan 2010
Bivouac Team meeting on site a few weeks ago.
Snow, snow, snow.
One car ended in a ditch, one stuck at bottom of hill, one ferrying everyone around in 4x4 and one made it!
Some hours later we all get there. We were met with snow drifts over a metre high…...
Somebody joked that our guests better be a hardy bunch if they are staying at Christmas.. but thinking about that now… it could be a perfect way to spend the festive time. Log fire roaring.. unable to get back to civilisation.. being visited by the Bivouac team with treats and weather news. I think that sounds cosy and romantic.
Hhmm I am not allowing my brain to think of bored children and running out of milk and chocolate am I?
Well… adventure is unpredictable and Bivouac is adventure!
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