A Dorset farming family is lobbying for pop-up campsite rules to be extended.

During the pandemic government extended the season for temporary campsites - which do not need planning permission - from 28 days to 56 days.

The number of farmers that created campsites to cash in on last year's staycation boom sky-rocketed, particularly when councils agreed not to enforce the 56 day rule last autumn.

However, the extension to Permitted Development Rights (PDR) for temporary campsites that many farmers across the south west had benefitted from ended on December 31, 2021.

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Peter Broatch owns Eweleaze Farm in Osmington on which they offer holiday makers the chance to camp by the sea.

He and his team are set on getting the government to permanently change the law so that farmers can run pop-up campsites for 56 days every year.

To this end they are asking others to sign their petition 'Allow camping on farmland for 56 days a year under permitted development'.

South West Farmer: Eweleaze Farm in OsmingtonEweleaze Farm in Osmington

Peter said: "The last two camping seasons have seen pop-up campsites across the UK able to open for 56 days, creating many opportunities and increasing economic benefit for local farmers up and down the country.

"We ask the government to allow camping on agricultural land for 56 days instead of the current 28 days permitted.

"Camping is a great way to holiday in the UK - it is low cost, enables interaction with nature and is very low carbon compared to other holiday types.

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"The present General Permitted Development Orders don't even allow many campsites to open for the duration of the school summer holidays.

"A longer open period will allow many more people to enjoy holidaying in the UK, will increase the viability of temporary campsites, and should significantly reduce holiday carbon emissions."

The petition needs 100,000 signatures to have it discussed in parliament.

To add your signature visit https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/615270