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.