A Guide to Planning Permission

What is planning permission required for?

Planning permission is required if you are developing land. Development is “the carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, over or under land or making of any material change in the use of any building or other land”.

Let’s consider the implications of both “building” and “building operations”. Buildings as we know them now have a broader meaning, as people are building all sorts out of… well, all sorts! But the courts have decided that a caravan cannot be a ‘building’. The actual definition of a ‘Caravan’ is “any structure designed or adapted for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another whether by being towed or by being transported on a motor vehicle or trailer”.

Technically, if you are siting a New or Used Static Caravan or Mobile Home within the garden/ planning permitted grounds of your property, it is very unlikely you will need planning permission, provided a relationship remains between the house and the Caravan i.e. Occupants (kids, elderly relatives etc) are using the house to shower, or eat etc. So it is an addition to the house and not a separate dwelling.

However, if you already have a caravan or structure the size of a caravan you can replace with a New Static Caravan or Mobile Home without the planning permission, if it’s been there for more than 10 years.

 

Do I need planning permission for my mobile home?

 

Technically, no, as it is a mobile structure and not changing or developing the land it will be on. But there are many facts to take into consideration, where is the caravan going to be sited, how long will it stay there and what is it going to be used for? Typically if you’d like to live in a caravan on a plot of land you will need to apply for planning permission. However if you are doing a self build or renovation project and your house in uninhabitable then you will have no problem gaining permission for one. For more in depth advice feel free to give us a call as people are using static caravans and mobile homes for all sorts of uses!

Please Note: whilst endeavouring to provide you with as much information as possible; we are not planning specialists and would advise seeking local council advice before siting a static caravan or mobile home on your own land

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