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hi can anyone tell me if you need planning permission to put a static on private land to stay in at weekends,friday/sat nights its going on a farm (not a working farm) where we have the horses on livery, we will also from time to time looking after his dogs/house sitting if they go away .



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Best to ask the local planning people as there may be different interpretations of what does and what doesn't need planning.

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We bought an old farmhouse on 10 acres of land in Cornwall about 17 years ago, the farmhouse was uninhabitable so we bought a second hand static caravan to live in while we worked on the house. Within a week of siting the council came around and said it had to go as we had no planning permission.

We paid for some legal advice and were told that as long as the static had wheels (fitted or removed) the classification was mobile, also as it was fairly close to the house (about 15 meters away) so can be deemed as in the curtilage of the property, so we put a fence around it and said it was in the back garden of the house, he then checked the deeds to make sure there were no restrictive covenants restricting the stationing of caravans or mobile homes in the curtilages and did the same checks for the local bylaws, which they were none.

He sent the information he had collated in a letter to our council and that was the end of it, the caravan stayed.

When the farmhouse was finished we kept the caravan for friends and family to stay when visiting us. We replaced the old van with a newer one not so long ago as it is a valuable extension to the house.

Best to pay for some legal advice as the council will always say no at first until proven otherwise. You may be unsuccessful as you are not the land owner and the van may not in the curtilage of the property.

Just a thought but how about a second hand large Hobby touring caravan, which is deemed as a touring caravan (mobile) then any issues it can be legitimately parked up and easily moved back into position when needed.  

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