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I wonder if anyone knows or has had experience of planning permission to keep a caravan on private land. We own a 3 acre field directly opposite our house which we keep our 3 horses on. We have kept our horse trailer on it for the 6 years we've owned it, and now have put our new caravan on it, purely for storage. I am sure that strictly speaking we need planning permission, but not sure. Anyone know what the position is?

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A caravan is not a permanent structure so I wouldn't have thought it would need planning permission .   Why not ask your local authority?

          John.

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We have kept our continuous series of vans since 1979 on our land, no issue so far.

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No problem unless you have any covenant on the land . 

 

You might need to check your insurance and security  as we have had members on here before that have stored their caravan in a field opposite and it attracted some unwanted attention .

 

 

Dave

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I think there could be an issue based on the usage of the land in planning terms, eg it may be down as equestrian use (and some conditions around that).

 

This may help link here

 

ps - be warned sometimes this can open up a hornets nest, eg the land is down as agricultural and a planner see's you using it for horses!

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I would simply “carry on regardless” until/if anyone queries it. Your caravan is, in law, simply a trailer in exactly the same way as your horse box is. You are merely using your land to store your property. You are allowed to store a wood pile or a car in exactly the same way. 

 

What MIGHT cause issues is if you (or anyone else) uses the caravan for “habitation” whilst it’s on your land.

 

I would just check with your insurers if they will cover it whilst in the field just in case. 

 

Andy

 

 

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My van is Private Land and has been for all the years I've owned it.

My drive.

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No way would I ask the local authority,they will soon find a reason to say NO !!   Put it there and see if anybody says anything and if they do just say Oh! I did not realize I was doing anything wrong.People are not supposed to put caravans on their drives around here but many do.

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What's the benefit of asking? Best case you carry on as-is. Worst case some jobsworth takes issue.

Even if there's a covenant, someone would need to have the money and motive to challenge you...

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our council had no problems with storing or sleeping in the caravan, just no cooking in it.

I take it any documentation you have for the land does not put any restrictions on storing a caravan there

 

the advice of ignore and plead ignorance should be considered for the person that does not yet own a caravan goes and buys one and then is told, you cant store it there.

 

macafee2

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7 hours ago, Percyprod said:

I wonder if anyone knows or has had experience of planning permission to keep a caravan on private land. We own a 3 acre field directly opposite our house which we keep our 3 horses on. We have kept our horse trailer on it for the 6 years we've owned it, and now have put our new caravan on it, purely for storage. I am sure that strictly speaking we need planning permission, but not sure. Anyone know what the position is?

 

As long as it’s storage Planning are not interested.

Most problems arise when people start sleeping in “stored” caravans.

Watch your insurance conditions-my insurer Caravan & Motorhome Club specify “a maximum of 3 consecutive nights” on any stay on my property otherwise storage at CASSOA gold storage facility.

Always best to give your insurer a ring for clarification.

In my experience the less you tell Planning the better😀.

However I have always found Planning a reasonable bunch-I found face to face communication best.

My relatives confrontational approaches cost them dearly.

Nosy neighbours who do not like your stored caravan could be a problem-just store giant hay bales between your caravan and them-one farmer I know stored his pig muck spreader on his border when neighbours complained😂.

You should consider the remoteness of your property.

A valuable caravan attracts interest from specialist thieves that can overcome any security device.

My annual CASSOA Gold site fee is £300 remember a runaway horse can cause expensive damage to a flimsy caravan😀

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