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Mobile Homes

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of a caravan is used in relation to decisions under planning regulations. (264841)

Section 29(1) of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (the 1960 Act) defines, in brief, a caravan as:

“any structure designed or adapted for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another...”

Although caravans are mobile and therefore do not constitute development, planning permission may be required for the stationing or use of a caravan if it constitutes a material change in the use of the land. Some permitted development rights relating to caravans can be found in Parts 4 and 5 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, which uses the same definition of caravan as the 1960 Act.