Within the curtilage of a dwelling
A caravan may be parked on a drive or in the curtilage of a dwelling provided it is being used incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house. There must remain a relationship between the caravan and the house. If it is used as a separate dwelling or hired out (e.g. for holidays) this is likely to involve a material change in the use of the land to which planning permission will be required.
Siting on Agricultural Land of 5 acres or more
Land comprising at least 5 acres can be used as a caravan site providing that in the past 12 months there has been no caravans on the land for more than 28 days; there have been no more than 3 caravans at any one time.
Agricultural and Forestry Workers
Agricultural land can be used as a caravan site to accommodate people being employed in farming work provided the work is seasonal and not an activity which occurs at regular intervals throughout the year. The caravan(s) must be moved at the end of the season. If a caravan is to be maintained on land permanently planning permission will be required.
Building or Engineering Works
Land can be used as a caravan site to accommodate people taking part in authorised building works on the same adjoining land. The caravans must only be used to house workers and be removed once the building works have been completed.
It is important to note that in some areas of the country, known as ‘designated areas’ permitted development rights are more restrictive. Councils can also remove permitted development rights in certain areas by an Article 4 Direction. This will mean that you have to submit a planning application for work which normally does not need one. In all cases, it is best to discuss your proposal(s) with the Council and submit a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development (CLOPUD), which is explained in more detail below.