DC Casebook: Housing Conversion - Permanent caravan residency denied

An inspector has refused to replace a holiday occupancy condition on two caravans at a site in the Cumbria countryside with personal permissions, despite the appellants' claims that they had been misled by the vendor.

The inspector heard that the site owner had implied that the caravans could be occupied permanently. Neither buyer was given a copy of the permission or told about the condition, he found. He noted that development plan policies carried forward government policy on sustainability by seeking to focus residential development in main centres and other settlements and decided that even personal permissions would undermine this objective.

He remarked that both buyers should realise that the legal principle of caveat emptor was as relevant here as in the purchase of any dwelling. Given unexceptional circumstances in both cases, he concluded that allowing the appeals would set a precedent for permanent residency of static caravans elsewhere.

DCS Number 100-058-048

Inspector John Braithwaite; Hearing

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