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Planning for residential caravans
On 12th July 2016 section 124 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force.
This clause essentially forces local authorities to recognise that residential park homes contribute to the supply of housing. When assessing the need for housing in their area a local authority now has a duty to consider “…the needs of people residing in or resorting to their district with respect to the provision of – (a) sites on which caravans can be stationed..”
This appears to be a significant change in the Government’s approach to the delivery of housing and the new legislation should provide opportunities for park owners to extend their parks or develop on other land.