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Kayaking and other outdoor activities were part of this business plan for planning application for an estate in Surrey

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Summary 

A private estate in Surrey wanted to find a reuse for one of its sand quarry lakes and open it to the public, providing public access to outdoor space and open water. To make the operation safe and sustainable a planning application was required, supported by market analysis to assess the potential demand for visitors to participate in the proposed outdoor activities and ensure the long-term sustainability of the site. Acorn provided detailed market analysis to support the business case for the planning application, which was passed in 2018.

Our Approach 

To assess the potential demand for the proposed activities we:

  • Researched nationally published data on visitor numbers for comparator sites
  • Undertook a market sector analysis for each of the proposed activities
  • Identified comparator sites within the locality to assess potential competitors and business models
  • Assessed the potential visitor profile and usage for each activity
  • Assessed the potential income streams for each activity
  • Assessed the potential risks associated with the development of the activity. 

We made recommendations on the application of the findings from this research to the project site, taking into consideration the prosperity of the local demographic and wider catchment area and the accessibility of the site by car, bicycle and public transport. 

Outcome 

The detailed market analysis was undertaken to assess the potential of generating income from niche market audience and associated facilities and services:  walking, birdwatching, fly-fishing, open water swimming, weddings and events, the education and corporate markets and a café and an outdoor activity centre.

This extensive research provided well-informed estimates of visitor demand and market rates that were used to inform the Business Plan. 

The lake started to be used for open water swimming groups, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing. In May 2018, planning permission to granted for the former quarry site to house a café, children’s play area and pavilion.

Directions

Public Transport Directions

“Thank you for all your help, it has been extremely helpful, thanks very much indeed!  We were invited by Surrey County Council to send in our draft documents for an informal review and will finally be submitting our application before long.”

Director, Buckland Park Lake

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Business Plan for an Outdoor Nature-Based Visitor Attraction

Client:

Private Client,

Location:

Surrey, United Kingdom
Private Client

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Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR, UK

+44 (0) 1580 879970

contact@acorntourism.co.uk