Development management answers: Is permission needed to extend a caravan?

Q Would planning permission be required to extend a static caravan permanently sited in a caravan park? Under what provisions of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 would this fall? RE

A Part 1, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) 2015 as amended grants permitted development rights for extensions to dwellinghouses. Caravans and mobile homes are not dwellinghouses, so they do not benefit from these permitted development rights. As such, planning permission is required. Simon Davis

A To deal with this issue, it is first necessary to decide whether you are dealing with a caravan or a dwelling. If a structure exceeds the statutory size limits for caravans specified in the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 and the Caravan Sites Act 1968, it would probably be considered a dwelling, although determining what comprises a dwelling for GPDO purposes is not always straightforward. Even if the structure falls within the caravan size limits, it would be likely to be classed as a dwelling if it is attached to the ground in such a way as to make it capable of being considered to be permanent or if significant extensions have been added. Development Control Practice 4.353 and subsequent sections advise on these issues. If a caravan is not classed as a dwelling, it does not have any permitted development rights, but that does not necessarily mean that alterations to it will require planning permission. For example, affixing a small porch or canopy that is not attached to the ground would not be likely to be considered operational development and therefore would not need permission. A “caravan” on a caravan park classed as a permanent dwelling would have permitted development rights, but only for extensions if it has a curtilage. John Harrison

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