The inspector considered the increase in numbers of the residential caravans from 18 to 30 at the 4.2 hectare holiday park on the basis of whether there had been a material change in use of the land. An inspector in an appeal at the site in 2014 had concluded that the lawful use of the whole site was as a holiday caravan park with no restrictions on year round usage. The council had then granted a lawful development certificate for this use plus they allowed a maximum of 18 caravans for residential use anywhere on the site with no year round restrictions. The park was now operated as a park homes site for use by older residents whether permanently resident or on holiday and it was difficult to distinguish between the use of a caravan for holidays or for residential.
The inspector noted that the character and impacts of the park were changing out-with planning control and given the total number of units of 123, agreed that the movement patterns and impacts of persons using an extra 12 units would not be noticeable in the context of the whole site and its lawful use and therefore a material change of use in the land had not taken place at the time of the application.
Inspector: Sukie Tamplin; Written Representations