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What are the tests for whether a structure meets the definition of a caravan and the tests for whether the proposed use of a caravan results in a change of use of the land such that planning consent is required?

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Published on LexisPSL on 08/06/2017

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  • What are the tests for whether a structure meets the definition of a caravan and the tests for whether the proposed use of a caravan results in a change of use of the land such that planning consent is required?

Part 5 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, SI 2015/596 (GPDO 2015) (GPDO 2015, SI 2015/596, Sch 2, Pt 5) sets out the position in relation to permitted development rights for caravans.

GPDO 2015, SI 2015/596, art 2 states that ‘caravan’ has the same meaning as that in the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (CSCDA 1960). CSCDA 1960, s 29 defines ‘caravan’ as:

‘...any structure designed or adapted for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another (whether by being towed, or by being transported on a motor vehicle or trailer) and any motor vehicle so designed or adapted’, s

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