Caravans on Agricultural Land
Residential Mobile Homes on Agricultural Land with an Agricultural Tie.
In some cases you can try for a temporary agricultural workers dwelling on agricultural land for a period of time, often 3 years. You will need to contact the Council and put in an application for a temporary dwelling.
Campsites on Agricultural Land.
The siting of up to a maximum of three ‘caravans’ on an agricultural holding of more than five acres, without a caravan license, is allowed under Part 5 of schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995, for up to 28 days a year. Agricultural holdings under five acres are allowed the siting of 3 ‘tents’ for up to 28 days a year. If you want to have more than 3 tents or caravans on your land for over 28 days in one year you will need to contact your Council for a Caravans Site License.
This law is detailed in The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. In Schedule 2 of the act, two parts are relevant. Part 4 and 5. Part 4 says you can have 3 tents of your land for 28 days. Part 5 says if the land is over 5 acres you can have 3 caravans or tent for 28 days.
There are two circumstances in which tented camping can be permitted development under Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, provided an Article 4 direction is not in force in the area concerned. These are:
a) where the use of land for tented camping is by members of an exempted organisation. Part 27 of Schedule 2 of the 1995 G.P.D.O. includes as permitted development “The use of land by members of a recreational organisation for the purposes of recreation or instruction, and the erection and placing of tents on the land for the purpose of the use.” Development is not permitted if the land is a building or within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse. An exempted organisation is one holding a certificate of exemption under sec.269 of the Public Health Act 1936.
b) where the use of land is for 28 days in total in any calendar year, using Schedule 2 Part 4 rights. This Class allows a use for “any purpose” and the provision on the land of any moveable structure for the purpose of the permitted use. The usual Part 4 conditions apply, most importantly that the land in question shall not be a building or within the curtilage of a building. Part 4 also excludes “use of the land as a caravan site”, but this does not preclude tented camping.
The use of the site, for camping purposes, for not more than 28 days in any calendar year is development permitted by Schedule 2, Part 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. However, while exercising those permitted development rights occupiers and users of land are allowed to erect temporary structures associated with that use providing these are removed. If a temporary structure remains on site without the use taking place, each day it remains counts toward the total number of days each calendar year the use can occur without requiring planning permission.
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, parts 4 and 5 of Schedule 2.
TEMPORARY BUILDINGS AND USES
A. The provision on land of buildings, moveable structures, works, plant or machinery required temporarily in connection with and for the duration of operations being or to be carried out on, in, under or over that land or on land adjoining that land.
Development not permitted
A.1 Development is not permitted by Class A if—
(a) the operations referred to are mining operations, or
(b) planning permission is required for those operations but is not granted or deemed to be granted.
A.2 Development is permitted by Class A subject to the conditions that, when the operations have been carried out—
(a) any building, structure, works, plant or machinery permitted by Class A shall be removed, and
(b) any adjoining land on which development permitted by Class A has been carried out shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, be reinstated to its condition before that development was carried out.
B. The use of any land for any purpose for not more than 28 days in total in any calendar year, of which not more than 14 days in total may be for the purposes referred to in paragraph B.2, and the provision on the land of any moveable structure for the purposes of the permitted use.
Development not permitted
B.1 Development is not permitted by Class B if—
(a) the land in question is a building or is within the curtilage of a building,
(b) the use of the land is for a caravan site,
(c) the land is, or is within, a site of special scientific interest and the use of the land is for—
(i) a purpose referred to in paragraph B.2(b) or other motor sports;
(ii) clay pigeon shooting; or
(iii) any war game,
(d) the use of the land is for the display of an advertisement.
Interpretation of Class B
B.2 The purposes mentioned in Class B above are—
(a) the holding of a market;
(b) motor car and motorcycle racing including trials of speed, and practising for these activities.
B.3 In Class B, “war game” means an enacted, mock or imaginary battle conducted with weapons which are designed not to injure (including smoke bombs, or guns or grenades which fire or spray paint or are otherwise used to mark other participants), but excludes military activities or training exercises organised by or with the authority of the Secretary of State for Defence.
A. The use of land, other than a building, as a caravan site in the circumstances referred to in paragraph A.2.
A.1 Development is permitted by Class A subject to the condition that the use shall be discontinued when the circumstances specified in paragraph A.2 cease to exist, and all caravans on the site shall be removed as soon as reasonably practicable.
Interpretation of Class A
A.2 The circumstances mentioned in Class A are those specified in paragraphs 2 to 10 of Schedule 1 to the 1960 Act (cases where a caravan site licence is not required), but in relation to those mentioned in paragraph 10 do not include use for winter quarters.
B. Development required by the conditions of a site licence for the time being in force under the 1960 Act.
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