Glastonbury Festival secures long-term home at Worthy Farm

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Glastonbury Festival has secured its home at Worthy Farm after the local council granted permanent planning permission for the event.

Prior to the decision, Glastonbury Festival Events (GFEL) had rolling temporary planning permission to hold the UK’s flagship festival and other events at Worthy Farm, in Pilton, Somerset. This was due to expire in 2024 and had been in place since 2010.

GFEL applied for permanent planning permission for the festival and other events in January. The permission relates to holding Glastonbury Festival on a permanent basis once a year; the hosting of the annual Pilton Party; camping events which can take place during festival fallow years and agricultural use of the site outside of the festival period.

The plans were approved by Mendip District Council’s planning board last week, before the new unitary Somerset Council came into control on Saturday. All future decisions regarding the festival will be handled by this authority.

Permission was also granted to make the festival’s iconic Pyramid Stage into a permanent structure. This is alongside a building that is currently used for storage and recycling and the allocation of land to accommodate the temporary festival workforce.

As per SomersetLive, a spokesman for Planning Sphere (representing GFEL) said: “The grant of planning permission will provide certainty and secure the future of the largest and most iconic music and performing arts festival in Europe.”

Glastonbury Festival will take place from June 21-25 and is set to be headlined by Sir Elton John, Guns N’ Roses and Arctic Monkeys.