Dwelling constructed within barn held not to be a caravan

A claim by the owner of a barn in north Devon that a wooden structure erected within an agricultural barn was temporary and did not affect the external appearance of the building was not supported by an inspector who decided that an enforcement notice requiring its removal was justified.

The structure was of substantial size and connected to all services. It had been fitted out internally to high standards and provided comfortable residential accommodation. In the inspector’s opinion, it constituted a purpose-built dwelling with a high degree of permanence and had a significant effect on the appearance of the barn. Since it was permanent and did not comprise a structure composed of no more than two sections, it did not fall within the definition of a caravan as set out in section 13(1) of the Caravan Sites Act 1968. Planning permission was therefore required and the appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: Clive Nield; Written representations

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