Campsite pitching regulations and the law

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  1. Oldroadies

    Oldroadies Read Only Funster

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    Please can anyone help?
    When we stay on most UK campsites, we are asked to pitch in a certain way so as to provide a 5-6m fire break between units, we have also stayed on a few sites where you can pitch anywhere within your allocated pitch, thus you could only be a metre or so away from the adjacent unit, in France we have never been asked to pitch in any particular way and have seen units sharing a pitch to keep costs down.
    Now with regard to insurance and the law, is the onus on you to make sure you have sufficient space between your vehicles and the next or the campsite owners? If the worst scenario happened and your unit or an adjacent one caught fire and it spread. Would you claim from the Campsites insurance, yours (if your unit caught fire) or the other unit if theirs was the cause of the fire. Would your insurance cover you if you had not pitched with sufficient space or would the campsite be fined because it was their responsibility to make sure that units were pitched with a minimum space, and if you had been offered a pitch where you would have had to pitch too close to other units due to the way the units on the adjacent pitches had been parked should you refuse to pitch and request another with more space between units?
    So many questions and probably in the small print somewhere, but I couldn't find it (or may have been answered before?)
    Hope I've posted this in a relevant forum, thanks for any help
     
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  2. Jim

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    There is no "Law" though most insurance companies when looking for wriggle room in the event of a claim, would ask why the "best practice" (of 6m between vans) of the caravan club was not adopted.
     
  3. John & Joan

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    In the Guidance notes from Natural England (DEFRA) NOTE THE WORD GUIDANCE.

    Spacing and Density

    [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]16. For health and safety purposes emergency vehicles must be able to gain access to any unit on the site. As such, units should be well spaced and sited so they do not restrict access to, or exit from, any other unit or the site in general. At least 3 metres should be required between units in all circumstances. For this purpose, a unit includes the caravan, motor home, tent or trailer-tent, plus any awnings, gazebo or pup-tent and the car or towing vehicle. [/FONT][/FONT]
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    17. Where a site is being used by both caravans and tents they must be sited entirely separate from each other for health & safety reasons. However, this does not necessarily mean segregated. If the layout of the field does not allow for separate lines of tents, it is permissible to continue a line of caravans/motor homes with a line of tents, but they must be sited
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    [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]en-bloc [/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]and not interspersed. Trailer tents are classified as tents and must be sited accordingly. Children’s "pup-tents" may be erected alongside the parents’ unit and should be considered as part of the unit for spacing purposes. It is recommended that there is at least 6 metres between any rows of caravans and tents. See Annex 1d for further advice on spacing issues. [/FONT][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]Local Authorities in the UK also follow Model Standards for Caravan Sites. [/FONT][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]These also have a clause about spacing.[/FONT][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]It is not law it is just suggested standards. The spacing was reduced when caravans mainly became aluminium covered, from the former 21ft for painted hardboard exteriors.[/FONT][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]John
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  4. Geo

    Geo Trader - Funster

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    In the real world where I live:BigGrin:
    You would share the blame with the site and the other unit or units involved.

    The Insurance companies would talk between themselves and pay out
    NOWT:RollEyes: See how simple life is in my world, come join me any time:Rofl1:
     
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