Park Home Site Licensing
There are two licensed park home sites in Rossendale which residential sites Carter Hall and Swinnel Brook.
The law covering caravans and Park Homes is contained in:
- Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960- This act covers the licensing of caravan sites and the safety, welfare and management conditions which need to be provided.
- Caravan Sites Act 1968- This act deals with protection from eviction from residential sites and the maximum dimensions for caravans:
- Length 20 metres;
- Width 6.8 metres;
- Height 3.05 metres
- The Mobile Home Act 2013- This act covers the civil law between site owners and residents on 'protected sites'. A protected site is one which has planning permission for permanent residential use and has been issued with a site licence. From 1st April 2014, a local authority can charge a fee to the site owner on an annual basis as we as for issuing and transferring a licence.
The first two Acts are enforced by the local authority but the Mobile Homes Act may involve action by residents or site owners in the Residential Property Tribunal Service to resolve any disputes.
Application's for site licences are made to the local authority:
- In whose area the land is situated.
- Applications must be in writing.
- Should detail the land the application concerns and any other information required by the local authority such as a current plan of the site.
In order to be eligible to be issued a licence the applicant must:
- Be entitled to use the land as a caravan site.
- Land must be used for human habitation.
- The site must have planning permission before we can licence it.
- The licence does not usually have an expiry date, but if the planning permission if for a limited period the licence must expire at the same time.
- Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.
The local authority can only issue a licence for a new caravan site after it has received the necessary planning permission and a completed application for a site licence.
Site Licence Conditions
Licence conditions vary slightly different between residential sites, holiday sites, and for touring site. The following standard conditions are available detailing the different Model Standards:
Conditions may be attached to a licence to cover any of the following:
- Restricting when the caravan can be used on site for human habitation or restricting the number of caravans that can be on the site at any one time.
- Controlling the type of caravan on the site.
- Fire safety and fire-fighting controls.
- Controlling the positioning of the caravans.
- To ensure that sanitary and other facilities, services and equipment are supplied and maintained.
Exemptions from licensing are available for certain reasons e.g.
- Caravans used for short periods.
- Sites run by recognised caravan organisation's.
- Agriculture or forestry workers and showman.
Choosing a caravan to live in
It is strongly recommended that you consult a solicitor before entering into any agreement to buy a park home.
The Council can only provide general information about any of its licensed sites.
You are advised to check the national park home residents association's-
- National Association of Park Home Residents (NAPHRA)- NAPHRA represent existing park home residents' association's.
- Park Home Residents Action Alliance (PHRAA)- PHRAA act for individual park home residents but also offer sound advice on their website for persons thinking of buying a park home.
- The Independent Park Home Advisory Service (IPHAS)- IPHAS also represent existing park home owners.