HOU15 Residential Caravans and Mobile Homes

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Policy HOU15 Residential Caravans and Mobile Homes

Planning permission may be granted for a residential caravan or mobile home in the countryside, for a temporary period only, in exceptional circumstances.

These exceptional circumstances include:

  1. the provision of temporary residential accommodation pending the development of a permanent dwelling; or
  2. where there are compelling and site-specific reasons related to personal or domestic circumstances (see Policy HOU14 Personal and Domestic Circumstances).

All permissions will be subject to a three-year time limit. However, this may be extended having regard to the particular circumstances of the case.

The siting of a residential caravan or mobile home will be subject to the same planning and environmental considerations as a permanent dwelling. Permission will depend on the ability to integrate the unit within an existing building group and screen the unit from public view. Residential caravans or mobile homes on farms will be required to be visually linked or sited to cluster with an established group of buildings on the farm.

Justification and Amplification

The design and finishes of a residential caravan or mobile home limits its potential for integration into the landscape. For this reason, planning permission will not be granted for a permanently sited residential caravan or mobile home in the countryside. It is accepted however, that in exceptional circumstances, a caravan or mobile home can be a sensible temporary solution, to meeting the need for residential accommodation in the countryside.

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