Rutland Showground could become home to 150 camping pitches to help boost its income
Camping pitches could be created at Rutland Showground to boost the charity’s profits.
Rutland Agricultural Society is seeking planning permission for 150 pitches on land alongside the Oakham bypass.
The designated field is currently used to host special events, but isn’t reaching its full potential.
Chief executive of Rutland Agricultural Society, Kevin Tighe, said: “If we can make a few people smile and raise a few pounds, it’s a good thing.”
“The challenge we face is how to maximise use of the showground without doing it any harm.
“This was primarily a financial decision. We have a mixed business model to help us thrive. The large events, car boot sales and lots of other little things mean we are financially strong and can continue our charitable work.”
The society promotes agriculture and farming by working with schools and hosting events such as the Rutland County Show.
Any profits raised from the camping would be ploughed back into those community schemes.
The society is seeking approval for 120 basic pitches and 30 with electric.
The proposed season is from May to September but availability would fit around existing events.
Kevin said: “The season could be as little as six weeks each year and I’d be surprised if it was any more than 10.
“It will make a small but positive contribution to the local economy with people visiting the area.”
Sports pitches used by Oakham Rugby Football Club and Royce Rangers Football Club would not be affected.
Langham Parish Council has objected to the plan.
A statement said: “One would expect them to respect the fact that the land they own is agricultural and recreational land and should be used for that - and that alone.”
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