Newstead naturist club member ordered to take down 'tent' with a fitted kitchen and double glazing

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A member of a naturist group has been ordered to remove an ‘inappropriate’ structure from the grounds of the private club.

The Nottingham Sun Club member had put up the four-metre high glamping structure in the grounds of the club, which Gedling Council said went against planning rules.

According to the authority, the structure had been in place, over a decked area, for three years.

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At a planning committee meeting on June 5, councillors unanimously voted to authorise enforcement action.

Gedling Council has ruled that the naturist club member must take the 'tent' structure down. Photo: GoogleGedling Council has ruled that the naturist club member must take the 'tent' structure down. Photo: Google
Gedling Council has ruled that the naturist club member must take the 'tent' structure down. Photo: Google

Nottingham Sun Club is a private naturist club, which is based in the grounds of Newstead Abbey Park and featureswooden chalets, tennis courts, camping space and a clubhouse pavilion.

Its history dates back as far as the 1930s, according to the club’s website, and today it also has a heated swimming pool and saunas.

Council officer Nigel Bryan said the structure was ‘considered to be inappropriate and out of character with the area’.

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The authority said the person who owned the structure considered it to be ‘nothing more than a temporary tent not requiring planning permission’ and that it should be treated the same as a tent.

But the council argued that the structure had fitted kitchen units and double-glazed doors, as well as other ‘elements that would not generally be associated with a tent’.

The council planing committee also heard that the structure had been a permanent feature during the three years it had been up.

It must now be removed.

Nottingham Sun Club has been contacted for comment.

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