Dwelling supports caravan and camping park

A permanent dwelling to replace a static caravan at a camping and caravan park in the New Forest national park was permitted after an inspector concluded that there was a functional need and the business was financially viable.

A site licence authorised 110 caravans and 50 tents to operate all year round and the appellant stated that the business was family run. She worked approximately 11 hours per day and had two young children who shared a bedroom within a relatively cramped caravan. The business was profitable generating net profits of over £40,000 in 2012. The proposed dwelling would be less than 120m2.

The inspector decided that the tests set out within Annex A to the former PPS7 on development within rural areas remained an appropriate method for assessing the acceptability of the development. The appellant worked full-time and any suggestion that the family should live in a house in a neighbouring settlement would be un-practical given the need for a 24-hour on-site presence. Similarly, the council’s suggestion that a larger mobile home should be placed on the land was unreasonable given that the business had been operating successfully for four years.

The house was not particularly large and its appearance would not be out of place within the national park, particularly given its remote location, degree of screening and lack of public views.

Inspector Nick Fagan; Written representations

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