An appeal has been made and succeeded against a decision of East Northants District Council to refuse application ref: 17/01174/LDE on 20 December 2017 for a certificate of lawful use of a caravan used for incidental forestry purposes.
Appeal ref: APP/G2815/X/18/3196156 - Decision date 11 February 2019.
Whilst this is a step away from standard curtilage applications, there is contained within the Inspectors report some handy comments regarding the permanence of a mobile unit and that being allowable before no longer being considered mobile.
Local Authorities sometimes have difficulty accepting that just because a caravan is connected to services this does not mean that it has become a permanent fixture to the land. It is always worth noting then, when Inspectors acknowledge this not to be the case. The inspector here notes:
'The Council refer to the caravan being attached via services and I saw at the site visit that there were cctv cables going into the caravan and drainage pipes going into a tank. However, these are capable of detachment within minutes and such detachment would be a simple matter. There was not any degree of permanent attachment around the caravan to indicate it was unable to be moved.'
I still maintain that the best comments relating to serviced caravans / mobile units not constituting operational development or becoming permanent is found within wording appeal refs: APP/J1915/X/11/2159970 and APP/B1930/X/14/2216233.
It is also worth noting for those who follow such things, that in this case the incidental use for forestry purposes was in conjunction with an area of woodland circa 2 acres in size - quite small for these purposes usually.
* As a side note, we also obtain certificates of lawfulness and full planning consents for agricultural and forestry units, buildings and dwellings. Please contact us for further details.
An article by Propertywire has suggested that garden annexes are the latest must have in the UK’s housing market. With planning applications up strongly, it is suggested in new research that they add value to the price of a home.
There are around 10,000 applications made to councils across the country each year to create garden annexes, that is one every three minutes, according to the study from Churchill Home Insurance.
It also found that 82% applications for new or converted garden annexes are successful and there has been a 27% increase in the value of three and four bed homes with a garden annexe over the past five years.
A breakdown of the figures, from an FOI application, in the last financial year there were an estimated 7,000 applications for new garden annexes, those which have been newly built rather than converted, with 5,700 or 81% of these applications successful.
There were an estimated 2,800 applications recorded by local councils for converted garden annexes, those produced using an outbuilding or conversion of a shed or building already there, of which 2,400 or 84% were successful.
Between April 2015 and March 2018 there has been a 5% increase in the number of successful applications for new garden annexes and a 7% increase in the number of successful converted garden annexe applications.
In the last financial year, Torbay council received 466 applications for new garden annexes, the most of any council that responded to Churchill’s FOI request. On the opposite end of the scale, Wigan Metropolitan Council received no applications for new garden annexes in the same time period.
The study says that some home owners are taking advantage of the benefits a garden annexe can offer when trying to sell their homes, with research among estate agents revealing that three and four bed homes with a garden annexe can command asking prices as much as 27% higher than the average comparable property in the area.
‘Developing your own, new or converted garden annexe can be a very exciting process and is becoming ever more popular as people get increasingly savvy about home renovations. Whether you’re building an annexe for an older relative or just for the additional space, it is often a cheaper and easier alternative than moving to a larger property,’ said Craig Rixon, head of Churchill home insurance.
He pointed out that it is important that owners inform their insurer of any home renovations they plan to make so that their home and its contents are adequately insured during the course of the renovation and upon completion.