Landowner Parked Caravan on land

Updated on 27th June 2018 in Planning Permission
1 on 7th May 2018


I live in house in the mid Wales countryside with a few acres of land. Running past the house is a farm road, and past that (opposite my house) is a plot of land that used to belong to those who lived here before me. Surrounded by farmland, this small field has a barn and horses, and is owned by someone from Ebbw Vale. About a year ago, he arrived one day with a caravan, which he has pretty much plonked in his gateway, and it’s been there ever since. I had a dispute with this man nearly twenty years ago because he wanted to build a house, and in the end he lost and couldn’t get planning permission. Can he legally keep his caravan there, and if he does, how long will it take for him to be considered eligible for planning permission to build a house?

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Hi JcMann,

In answer to your question, we suggest that you should contact your local planning authority enforcement officer whether keeping a caravan in the gateway would require planning permission.

If your neighbour does not have planning permission, he does not own a house, and he uses the caravan for habitation, then he needs to apply for planning permission or caravan site licence.

For your information, according to the First Schedule of Caravan Site and Control of Development Act 1960, the caravan site licence will be required for the use of land as a caravan site by a person travelling with a caravan who brings the caravan on to the land for a period which includes more than two nights. Or if, in the period of twelve months ending with the day on which the caravan is brought on to the land, the number of days on which a caravan was stationed anywhere on that land or the said adjoining land for the purposes of human habitation exceed 28 days, then he will need the site licence.

I hope this may help you.

Best regards,

Vi P

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