What are the law/rules.. on..

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  1. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    An invited guest staying on your property in their own Caravan/M.home..

    Time factor mainly,,,, and if it is legal...

    Have tried the local council web site and Googling it but nothing comes up...

    Unless I am not asking in the right way or right question... :RollEyes:

     
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    It is unlikely that it would be legal but neighbors and busy bodies would be the biggest problem.
     
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    You may use a caravan or MH as a temporary additional bedroom, but the occupants must use the other facilities within the main residence.;)

    1. Planning permission is required if the planning officer deems that a change in the principal use of the land, upon which the caravan stands, has occurred.
    2. Where those people living in the caravan use it as an entirely separate residence (and don't, for example, use the bathroom in the house), it's almost certain that it will be deemed that such a change in the principal use of the land has taken place.
    3. If those living in the caravan simply use it as an extension of the house (rather than as separate from it), planning permission might not be required but this would depend upon other factors to be considered by the local planning officer.

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    CARAVANS IN GARDENS

    A 'caravan' is defined in s.29 of the Caravan Sites & Control of Development Act 1960 as "any structure designed or adapted for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another..". The Mobile Homes Act 1968 establishes that a 'Twin Unit' mobile home must also conform to certain dimensional and structural requirements.

    A caravan may be parked temporarily (in the same manner as a car) within the curtilage of a domestic property without the need for planning permission, unless there are limiting conditions applied when the house was built. This is more commonplace in modern housing estates.

    A caravan may also be used in a manner ancillary to the residential property; that is, in addition to the use of the house, but not as someone's separate dwelling. You can use a caravan as, say, a granny annex, but it must not become someone's "only or main residence". There must remain a relationship between the caravan and the house, so, for example, meals could be taken in the house. Use the caravan simply in the manner of an extra room / bedroom. Make sure it remains moveable.

    Check to make sure your property deeds do not restrict this permitted development right; particularly on more modern estates or where the council has issued an Article 4 Direction - common in Conservation Areas.
    More details can be found HERE: http://www.ruralurbanplanning.co.uk/caravans.htm

    Nice to see you back Mo(y)
     
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    I looked at this when I did this analysis of the 1960 Act.

    It depends what "your property" is and is covered by paras 1 to 3 of the First Schedule of the Act.

    If "your property" meets the definition of being "within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse" (the most obvious example being your drive) then paragraph 1 applies and there is theoretically no time limit. However, the requirement for the use to be "incidental to the enjoyment as such of a dwellinghouse" means that there will be limits in practice. A friend/relative coming to visit you for a short time and sleeping (even eating) in the van because there is no spare bedroom would be allowed but a permanent arrangement would not.

    If "your property" is not within the curtilage (e.g. an adjacent field which you own) then para 2 or para 3 would apply, including the limits on numbers of vans and numbers of nights in a running year.
     
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    Hi, Mo , glad to see you're back!!
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     
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    How much "time" are you thinking of Mo?
    We often have friends staying for a night or two and I would think unless you are looking at long term you should have no problem.
     
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    I`m getting things sorted... Thanks.. (y)

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    We know when its time for us to move on ;) when you run out of beer. (y)
    Lovely seeing you both and looking forward to next year. :eek: :D
    Bob and Janie.
     
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    Ha ha:rolleyes: :cheers:...... of course we may still see you again this year somewhere on the Moselle!(y)
     
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