Mobile home within dwelling curtilage lawful for family occupation

A LDC was issued in Dorset for siting a mobile home within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse since it would not trigger a material change of use of the land.

An inspector noted that the mobile home was required by the appellant and his wife to provide childcare to their grandchildren so that their daughter could return to work and train as a nurse and also to allow them to receive help from the family in later years. While the mobile home would have a considerable degree of permanence it could be lifted and removed from the land after services had been disconnected. It fell within the size definition of a caravan and while it would contain all the facilities for independent living it would not operate independently of the main dwelling. The planning unit would not change and the appellant and his wife would continue to play a part in family life. No separate address would be created and all services would link with the main house. Consequently, no change of use would occur.

Inspector: Susan Wraith; Written representations

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