Knowing the opportunities and restrictions - Planning is complex, and putting together a successful planning application requires time, investment and specialist knowledge. Getting the right people behind your project from the start is therefore incredibly important - and this is where we can help!
For instance, whilst many lodge developments typically have the appearance of a self-contained single storey building or wood cabin elevated from the ground, and despite looking distinctly different from a caravan, in planning terms most park homes and lodges qualify as caravans, as defined in the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act.
This broadly applies to any lodge built on a chassis base which is then assembled and manoeuvred into position on site. This requires a specific approach when it comes to putting the planning application together that is different from other forms of development, such as building permanent buildings or homes.
Fishing? Bird Sanctuary? If you want to compliment your new lodges or park home site with water features, fishing lakes or extensive landscaping, all of these could trigger additional planning requirements too. Fear not - with our extensive experience in water feature design we have this aspect covered too.
The Legislation Says… Section 29 (1) of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 defines a caravan as: “… Any structure designed or adapted for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another (whether being towed, or by being transported on a motor vehicle or trailer) and any motor vehicle so designed or adapted but does not include: (A) Any railway rolling stock which is for the time being on rails forming part of a system, or (B) Any tent”
Is size limited? The caravan definition doesn’t just apply to single lodge units that are effectively ‘one piece’ – but can also be applied to much larger twin lodges that are built as separate parts and assembled together on site. Section 13 (1) of the Caravan Sites Act 1968, which deals with twin-unit caravans. Section 13 (1) provides that: “A structure designed or adapted for human habitation which:
(A) Is composed of not more than two sections separately constructed and designed to be assembled on a site by means of bolts, clamps and other devices; and
(B) Is, when assembled, physically capable of being moved by road from one place to another (whether being towed, or by being transported on a motor vehicle or trailer), shall not be treated as not being (or have been) a caravan within the means of Part 1 of the Caravan Sites Control of Development Act 1960 by reason only that it cannot lawfully be moved on a highway when assembled”.
What is allowed? To meet the current definition of caravan, the regulations state (last updated in 2006) that:
(a) Length (exclusive of any drawbar) 20m (65.6FT)
(b) Width: 6.8m (22.3ft)
(c) Overall height (measured internally from the floor at the lowest level to the ceiling at the highest level) 3.05m (10ft)
All structures classed as caravans must be movable in one whole unit when assembled. It is not necessary for a caravan to be towed, only that it is capable of being moved by road, if required.