Planning permission for temporary static caravan

Planning permission for temporary static caravan


I was wondering if anyone can help. 3 years ago I bought a disused church and a small plot of land across from church, we have recently sited a static carvan on land, to live in while we are renovating church into a house for ourselves to live in eventually, do I need planning permission to have caravan on my own land? as council are threatening to put a removal order on us if we do not apply for permission, as they are saying caravan has to be tied in with church. I do not have change of use for church as we are still at the stage of making church wind and water tight ie roof and pointing. the council say I need change of use to get planning permission for caravan even though its sited off site on my own bit of land , any advice would be much appreciated, cheers from john

  1. Matthew HiltonMatthew Hilton01-09-2014

    Evening John,

    Thanks for the Question.

    Unfortunately you need planning permission to site the caravan on the land – the Council view it as forming a residential unit. Most Councils also have policies to deter new caravans on parcels of land and will therefore want to tie any permission they give you back to the church – i.e. the caravan will have to be removed once the church conversion is complete.

    However, as the Council also advises, you can tie the Caravan application into the Church application (this has the added advantage that only one planning fee is required) and also allows the Council to justify its continued siting.

    In terms of the Church application, I would advise that you submit a single application for the Change of Use and alterations/extension of the building to form a house and include the caravan as part of this application.

    Happy to discuss further if required.


    HHL Scotland

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