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South Downs Heritage Centre and Lodges Needs Assessment

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Summary 

The South Downs Heritage Centre applied for planning permission for an education barn and nine self-catering eco-lodges. Acorn undertook an assessment of the need and demand for the South Downs Rural Crafts and Heritage Centre and full planning permission was granted. 

Our Approach 

We worked closely with our client, the project architect and planning consultant to ensure we had a full understanding of the proposed development and undertook a thorough review of the proposed expansion plans to support the planning application. 

To deliver the Needs Assessment we:

  • Reviewed the strategic content of the site
  • Assessed the tourism market trends for rural visitor accommodation
  • Evaluated the potential demand for holiday lodges and use of a heritage centre
  • Analysed the competitor offer in the region 
  • Undertook an indicative economic impact analysis of the proposed development. 

An in-depth report was produced that clearly presented the findings of our comprehensive research and which provided our client and their planning consultant with the robust research and analysis required to support their planning application. 

Outcome

Acorn’s assessment clearly identified a need amongst both the local community and from the education market for the existing South Downs Heritage Centre to be expanded. An Education Barn was needed to maximise the benefit of this local heritage museum. To enable the Education Barn to be viable and add value to the local economy it needed to be combined with self-catering accommodation and located on land adjacent to the South Downs Heritage Centre.

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South Downs Heritage Centre and Lodges Needs Assessment

Client:

Tate’s of Sussex,

Location:

Sussex, United Kingdom
Tate’s of Sussex

Contact us

3 Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road,
Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR, UK

+44 (0) 1580 879970

contact@acorntourism.co.uk