PLANNING permission has been granted by Fife Council for four new 'glamping pods' at the Inn at Charlestown.   

The proposals are the latest in a series of renovations and refurbishments at the 100-year-old property, formerly the Elgin Hotel, since it was bought by Steven Campbell in 2020.

A planning statement on his behalf said: “During the middle of 2022 the hotel ran at 95 per cent occupancy.

"With the number of future weddings and events booked and the increased marketing of the Fife Coastal Path by Fife Tourism Partnership (we are the recommended first night stay) additional accommodation is required for the continued growth of the business.

Dunfermline Press: There are big changes at The Inn at Charlestown and the business has gone from strength to strength.There are big changes at The Inn at Charlestown and the business has gone from strength to strength. (Image: Google Maps)

“The proposed pods are fantastic additional accommodation as they can be installed in a matter of hours with minimal disruption to the rest of the hotel and neighbouring properties.”

Despite its long-established reputation in Fife, revenue had "fallen significantly in recent years prior to the sale" due to “the hotel and its operations needing significant modernisation”. 

Mr Campbell then bought the property with the aim of creating a fantastic hotel and restaurant with a "modern Scottish style". 

Since the inn changed hands, it has been on a path of renovation. Past stages have included a total refurbishment of the hotel, the creation of six balconies and the construction of two lodges, which are expected to be finished next year.

Since the start of these changes, the business has gone “from strength to strength.” 

Turnover has doubled from the previous owner's last full year, and 50 weddings are expected to take place in 2023-24. 

The four pods will be erected on land to the rear of the building, facing the hotel car park. Four additional parking spaces will also be created by extending the existing car park.

The ground in question is currently unused garden space. 

The planning statement said research carried out had identified "key target markets" and the facilities and services they need, with a business plan detailing the investment required to satisfy these demands. 

It added: “The hotel industry is currently struggling due to the increased costs of supplies and reduced consumer spending with the cost of living crisis.

“Many hotels and other businesses will close. However, this investment will ensure the long-term success of the hotel.”