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Posted 28 March 2014
Mobile Homes (Site Licensing) (England) Regulations 2014
Under the current site licensing regime local authorities have no discretion in the issuing and transferring of a site licence where the applicant has not had their site licence revoked in the last 3 years.
From 1 April 2014 the Mobile Homes Act 2013 (“the Act”) will make significant changes to this regime by providing local authorities with a discretion to issue or transfer site licences. In making its decision a local authority will be required to have regards to matters prescribed in the Mobile Homes (Site Licensing) (England) Regulations 2014 (“the Regulations”) which also come into effect on 1 April 2014.
The Regulations require local authorities to have regard to prescribed matters such as:
- The applicant’s interest or estate in the park;
- The applicant’s ability to comply with the site licence conditions;
- Any funding arrangements in place for managing the site and complying with the site licence conditions;
- The management structure such as the competence of the applicant or manager to manage the park;
- Whether the proposed licencing arrangements would reduce the amenity of the site or quality of services.
The Regulations will also give the local authority the ability to require the applicant to produce specific documents and information in relation to the application.
If the local authority refuse to issue or transfer a licence then they must provide the applicant with their reasons and provide relevant advice for appealing the decision.
If you have any questions relating to the Mobile Homes (Site Licensing) (England) Regulations 2014 then contact the park team by telephone 01392 207020 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org