Year-round occupancy of holiday caravans will not harm Welsh language

An inspector deleted a seasonal occupancy condition relating to caravans on a holiday park in north Wales, replacing it with a condition stating that the caravans should be occupied for holiday purposes only.

Permission had been granted for the relocation of 12 static caravans and the siting of four additional caravans on an extension to the caravan park, subject to the condition which related to all 94 holiday caravans on the site and prohibited occupation between 10 January and 1 March.

The inspector identified the main issues as being the effect that removal of the condition would have on policies aiming to restrict the development of houses in the area and the effect on the Welsh language. The appellant offered to accept a planning condition requiring a written register to include a log of the occupiers of the caravans and their home addresses.

The inspector considered that such a condition would be no more difficult to enforce than the seasonal restriction condition, and found no fundamental contradiction with the relevant unitary development plan policy since its aim was to prevent permanent residential occupation.  

The inspector noted widely expressed concern about a decline in the Welsh language. However, the council had commissioned its own assessment which concluded that all-year-round occupation of the caravan park would not make a significant difference when viewed across a spectrum of linguistic and cultural criteria. On this basis the inspector concluded that there would not be a significant harmful effect on the Welsh language.

Inspector: Iwan Lloyd; Hearing

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